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Pennsylvania Vocational and Technical Schools

In the years since 2008, Pennsylvania has been slowly climbing out of the most recent economic downturn. As a matter of fact, from November 2013 to April 2014, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate fell from 6.9 percent to 5.7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Training at one of Pennsylvania's vocational, technical and trade schools may help prepare some workers for jobs returning to the Keystone state.

Top Pennsylvania industries and employers

Historically, Pennsylvania has been known for manufacturing and steel and energy, starting with the oil boom in the 1800s. Today's economy still relies on these three industry sector stalwarts, even as they face competition and decline. New industries have begun to grow up to fill in the gaps.

Energy has been big business in Pennsylvania for centuries. The driving force behind today's energy industry in Pennsylvania is shale gas, specifically the Marcellus shale deposit. Pennsylvania technical schools can provide the training for positions within this industry from driving the trucks to managing the offices. Pennsylvania energy employers include household names like Exxon-Mobil, Shell and Chevron, as well as less well-known companies like Citrus Energy and Rex Energy Operating Corp. It's not just shale, Pennsylvania is also home to over 400 solar energy businesses.

Manufacturing remains a key part of Pennsylvania's economy. In April 2014, the state's manufacturing industry employed 559,000 people, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. High tech and advanced manufacturing are working to fill the gaps left when traditional manufacturing receded. The industry also employs support and office staff including administrative assistants and accountants. Top Pennsylvania manufacturing employers include General Electric and East Penn Manufacturing Co.

Tourism contributes $32 billion to Pennsylvania's economy. Employing just shy of 550,000 people, the bulk of tourism related jobs are found in food service and accommodation, reports the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development.

Health care institutions are some of the state's largest employers, including the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Penn State Hershey Medical Center. In April 2014, the health care and social assistance industry was responsible for 938,000 jobs in Pennsylvania.

Vocational and technical jobs in Pennsylvania

Here is sampling of Pennsylvania job growth through 2020 as provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, along with their median hourly wages as of May 2013 as provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

  • Gaming managers. 40 percent growth and $32.54
  • Health services managers. 12.3 percent growth and $39.81
  • Marketing specialists. 29.5 percent growth and $28.56
  • Health educators. 22.9 percent growth and $26.41
  • Paralegals and legal assistants. 17.1 percent growth and $25.84
  • Registered nurses. 17 percent growth and $31.17
  • Dental hygienists. 17 percent growth and $29.20
  • Diagnostic medical sonographer. 29.3 percent growth and $27.85
  • EMTs and paramedics. 29.2 percent growth and $14.52
  • Veterinary technologists and technicians. 40.1 percent growth and $15.92
  • Gaming dealers. 70.8 percent growth and $9.46
  • Mobile heavy equipment mechanics. 16.3 percent growth and $23.08
  • Industrial machinery mechanics. 23.9 percent growth and $21.90

Those who are interested in obtaining the skills and experience needed for jobs in some of the state's key industries may wish to learn more about Pennsylvania vocational programs.

Sources

Long Term Occupational Employment Projections, Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, 2010-2020, http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=814813&mode=2

Pennsylvania Fast Facts, Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, April 2014, http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=1217887&mode=2

Pennsylvania Solar, Solar Energy Industries Association, 2013, http://www.seia.org/state-solar-policy/pennsylvania

State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Pennsylvania, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2013/may/oes_pa.htm

Tourism, Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, November 1, 2013, http://www.newpa.com/business/key-industries/tourism

Vocational Schools in Pennsylvania
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Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln Technical Institute.

Programs : Electronic Engineering Technology, Nursing (Practical), Computer and Network Support Technician, and more..

Campus Locations :

Philadelphia: 3600 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Allentown: 5151 Tilghman Street Allentown, PA 18104

With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

Programs : Baking & Pastry (AS), Web Design & Interactive Media (AS), Web Design (D), and more..

Campus Locations :

Pittsburgh: 420 Boulevard of the Allies Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Philadelphia: 1622 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

York: Formerly Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts 1409 Williams Road York, PA 17402

Gear up for a better future at WyoTech.

Programs : Collision/Refinishing Technology, Trim and Upholstery Technology, Light Duty Diesel, and more..

Campus Locations :

Blairsville: 500 Innovation Drive Blairsville, PA 15717

Reach your career goals with a degree or diploma from Everest Institute.

Programs : Implementing and Managing Microsoft Desktop Virtualization, Criminal Justice (Associate's), Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure, and more..

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Pittsburgh: 100 Forbes Ave Suite 1200 Pittsburgh, PA 15222

At University of Phoenix, we believe everyone deserves access to higher education.

Programs : B.S. in Communication, Family and Child Service Certificate, Graduate Project Management Certificate, and more..

Campus Locations :

Online: Online, PA

Wayne: 170 South Warner Road Suite 200 Wayne, PA 19087

Star Career Academy - the career school of choice. What makes us unique, and unlike other trade schools, is the dedication of our staff to provide performance-based occupational training.

Programs : Cosmetology, Phlebotomy, Dialysis Technician, and more..

Campus Locations :

Norristown: 2501 Monroe Blvd. Norristown, PA 19403

Everest University Online, a Division of Everest University, makes career training convenient and accessible. With courses tailored for working students and others who need a more flexible class schedule, Everest University Online allows students to learn from home and offers the same well-respected curriculum available at a traditional campus.

Programs : Criminal Justice (Associate's), Applied Management (Associate's), Criminal Justice (Master's), and more..

Campus Locations :

Santa Ana: Santa Ana, CA

Whether you want to train for a new career, advance within your current company, or simply learn new skills to stay competitive in today's job market, Allied's distance education training can help!

Programs : Medical Coding, Medical Billing, Pharmacy Technician Program, and more..

Campus Locations :

Laguna Hills: 22952 Alcalde Drive Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Are you interested in pursuing a high-tech career? Getting an education from ITT Tech is a great place to start!

Programs : BS - Project Management and Administration: IT Option, AS - Visual Communications, MBA, and more..

Campus Locations :

: 9511 Angola Court , IN 46268

Philadelphia: 105 South 7th Street, Ste 100 Philadelphia, PA 19106

Old Forge: 1000 Meade Street Old Forge, PA 18518

Pittsburgh: 10 Parkway Center Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Tarentum: 100 Pittsburgh Mills Circle Suite 100 Tarentum, PA 15084

Harrisburg: 449 Eisenhower Blvd., Suite 100 Harrisburg, PA 17111

Jump into the exciting world of technology or medical services at Harris School.

Programs : Surgical Technology, Professional Medical Assistant Plus, Massage Therapy, and more..

Campus Locations :

Dover: 655 South Bay Road, Suite 562 Dover, PA 19901

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