According to Pennsylvania State Data Center, Pennsylvania has the sixth-largest state economy. In 2004, the governor passed a $2.3 billion Economic Stimulus package in an effort to grow Pennsylvania's economy, create new jobs, and retain talent. This is great news for prospective vocational school students, who can expect a range of career opportunities upon graduation.
Philadelphia is the mainstay of Pennsylvania's economy--the economic keystone of the Keystone State. Together with Pittsburgh, it features the largest concentration of urban manufacturing in the state. Philadelphia is home to ten Fortune 500 companies, and Pittsburgh hosts six, including manufacturing giants U.S. Steel and H.J. Heinz.
Pennsylvania's machinists and business trade school graduates will encounter a favorable job market. The manufacturing, financial, and insurance industries thrive here. Pennsylvania's distinction as the "snack food" state shouldn't alarm culinary trade school students--urban centers such as Pittsburgh's Strip District are home to diverse ethnic cuisine.
With a diverse job market and a vibrant cultural scene, Pennsylvania attracts many college and vocational school students.