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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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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

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: 2180 Hornig Road Philadelphia, PA 19116

Allentown: 5151 Tilghman Street Allentown, PA 18104

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

Programs : B.S. in Environmental Science, Doctor of Education/Educational Leadership, Doctor of Education/Curriculum and Instruction, and more..

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Online: Online, PA

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

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

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

Campus Locations :

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

Moosic: 3370 Birney Avenue Moosic, PA 18507

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

Warminster: 435 York Road Warminster, PA 18974

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

Pittsburgh: 4768 McKnight Road Pittsburgh, PA 15237

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

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

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

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

Williamsport: 1808 E. Third Street Williamsport, PA 17701

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harrisburg: 3941 Jonestown Road Harrisburg, PA 17109

Whitehall: 1634 Macarthur Road Whitehall, PA 18052

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

Thanks to Florida Tech offering intensive degree programs 100% online, students located all over the world have the opportunity to access the same world-class education as those who attend classes on the main campus in Melbourne, Florida.

Programs : Associate of Arts in Applied Psychology, Mini MBA Certificate/Internet Marketing, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security, and more..

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Tampa: 9417 Princess Palm Ave Tampa, FL 33619

For over 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, quality career education.

Programs : Criminal Justice, AA (Online), Criminal Justice, BA (Online), Health Services Administration, BA (Online Only), and more..

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Programs : Associate - Web Graphic Design, Bachelor's - Accounting, Master's-Business Administration, and more..

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Pittsburgh: 210 Sixth Ave. Ste. 200 Pittsburgh, PA 15222

King of Prussia: 150 Allendale Road Suite 3250 King of Prussia, PA 19406

Philadelphia: 1800 JFK Blvd Ste 200 Philadelphia, PA 19103

Fort Washington: 1140 Virginia Dr. Fort Washington, PA 19034

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..

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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

Earn a respected bachelor's degree, master's degree, or Ph.D. online at Walden University.

Programs : M.S.Ed - Professional Development (Grades PreK-12), M.S. in Accounting - Accounting for the Professional, D.B.A. - Marketing, and more..

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