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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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Kingston: 166 Slocum Street Kingston, PA 18704

Scranton: 517 Ash Street Scranton, PA 18509

Erie: 5757 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16506

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

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State College: 206 W. Hamilton Avenue State College, PA 16801

Lebanon: Cedar Crest Sq. 1776 Quentin Rd. Lebanon, PA 17042

Hanover: Clearview Shop Ctr, 1000 Carlisle Street, S4 Hanover, PA 17331

Shamokin Dam: 30 Baldwin Boulevard, Suite 50 Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

Whitehall: 1634 Macarthur Road Whitehall, PA 18052

Wyncote: Cedarbrook Plaza, 1000 Easton Road Wyncote, PA 19095

Reading: 2302 N. 5th Street Highway Reading, PA 19605

Pottsville: 396 Pottsville-St. Clair Highway Pottsville, PA 17901

Philadelphia: Knights Rd Shop Ctr, 4026 Woodhaven Rd Philadelphia, PA 19154

Lancaster: Wheatland Shop Ctr., 1801 Columbia Ave. Lancaster, PA 17603

York: Kingston Sq. Shop Ctr., 2592 Eastern Blvd York, PA 17402

Pittsburgh: 4768 McKnight Road Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Moosic: 3370 Birney Avenue Moosic, PA 18507

Springfield: Springfield Shopping Center, 799 West Sproul Rd Springfield, PA 19064

Monroeville: 320 Mall Boulevard, The Plaza Monroeville, PA 15146

Harrisburg: 3941 Jonestown Road Harrisburg, PA 17109

Williamsport: 1808 E. Third Street Williamsport, PA 17701

Warminster: 435 York Road Warminster, PA 18974

Exton: 454 W. Lincoln Hwy, Festival at Exton Exton, PA 19341

West Mifflin: Century Sq. Mall, 2394 Mountainview Drive West Mifflin, PA 15122

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