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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.


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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.

*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)
**Annual Median Wage is in Dollars ($).

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
This list also contains online schools that accept students from 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 :

Allentown: 5151 Tilghman Street Allentown, PA 18104

Philadelphia: 3600 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Allied Health Institute is a post-secondary vocational school offering a variety of Diploma and Associate Degree programs in the field of Allied Health. By utilizing online learning, students have the flexibility to continue their education from the convenience of their own home. Our virtual classrooms will enable students to attend classes and communicate with instructors and classmates. Students can complete some programs without leaving their current employment or sacrificing family time.

Programs : Electrocardiograph Technician, Medical Coding Specialist, Medical Assistant, and more..

Campus Locations :

Fort Lauderdale: 51 N. State Rd 7 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317

Earn your degree or diploma on your schedule and succeed at Ashworth College.

Programs : Writing Children's Books, Medical Transcription, Medical Office Assisting, and more..

Campus Locations :

Norcross: Norcross, GA

Whether preparing to enter the professional world or expanding your skills, education should be available wherever, whenever. With McCann you can rely on challenging programs, interesting curriculum, and a friendly educational environment. If quality is what you want then McCann is where you want to be.

Programs : Security & Investigation - Associate in Specialized Business, Surgical Technology - Associate in Specialized Technology, Paralegal - Associate in Specialized Business, and more..

Campus Locations :

Sunbury: 1147 N Fourth St. Sunbury, PA 17801

Allentown: 2200 N. Irving St. Allentown, PA 18109

Pottsville: 2650 Woodglen Road Pottsville, PA 17901

Hazleton: 14 Maplewood Drive Hazleton, PA 18202

Carlisle: 346 York Road Carlisle, PA 17013

Wilkes Barre: 264 Highland Park Boulevard Wilkes Barre, PA 18702

Prepare for an exciting career in the trucking industry at All-State Career. * Programs vary by location * Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information

Programs : Class A CDL Preparatory Driver Training, Class B CDL Driver Training, Welding Technician, and more..

Campus Locations :

Essington: 501 Seminole Street Essington, PA 19029

North Versailles: 97 Second Street North Versailles, PA 15137

Prepare for an exciting cosmetology career today at Empire Beauty Schools.

Programs : Teacher of Cosmetology, Cosmetology, and more..

Campus Locations :

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

Williamsport: 1808 E. Third Street Williamsport, PA 17701

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

Moosic: 3370 Birney Avenue Moosic, PA 18507

Pittsburgh: 4768 McKnight Road Pittsburgh, PA 15237

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

Philadelphia: 1522 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Harrisburg: 3941 Jonestown Road Harrisburg, PA 17109

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warminster: 435 York Road Warminster, PA 18974

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

Whitehall: 1634 Macarthur Road Whitehall, PA 18052

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

Give your career a boost with Adler School of Professional Psychology.

Programs : Master of Arts in Criminology, Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management, Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and more..

Campus Locations :

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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, Pharmacy Technician Program, and more..

Campus Locations :

Laguna Hills: 22952 Alcalde Drive Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Earn Your Diploma from Home!

Programs : Electrician, Early Childhood Education, Funeral Service Education, and more..

Campus Locations :

: , PA 94404

Interested in a career as a professional dog trainer? Animal Behavior College is the place to start.

Programs : Veterinary Assistant, Grooming Instruction, Certified Dog Trainer Instructor Course, and more..

Campus Locations :

: , CA

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