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Tennessee Vocational and Technical Schools

Almost 6.5 million people live in Tennessee according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In May 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov) reported that 2,853,300 people in the state were employed, up from 2,700,050 for 2013. What are the industries with the most workers in Tennessee? According to the BLS, the trade, transportation and utilities sector, which includes retail businesses, employed 590,800 workers in May 2014, making it the largest industry sector. The highest percentage of increase in jobs in May 2014 occurred in these sectors:

  • Mining, logging and construction: 7.1 percent
  • Professional and business services: 6.0 percent
  • Leisure and hospitality: 4.7 percent
  • Other services: 2.6 percent

These increases reflect a growth trend from the beginning of 2014 occurring in all sectors except government and information.

Six cities in Tennessee made the Forbes list of Best Places for Business and Careers 2014. They ranked Nashville, the largest Tennessee metro area, number 7 for job growth and number 10 overall. Out of 200 U.S. cities, this is how the Tennessee metro areas ranked on the list:

  • No. 10: Nashville
  • No. 42: Knoxville
  • No. 134: Memphis
  • No. 156: Chattanooga
  • No. 173: Kingsport
  • No. 180: Clarksville

According to the BLS, the median hourly wage in Tennessee for all occupations was $14.90 as of May 2013. The median hourly wage for all occupations nationwide is $16.87. Nashville and Memphis have the highest median hourly wage in the state of Tennessee for all workers; $16.17 and $15.17, respectively.

Tennessee vocational schools: training for occupations with good potential

You may not have to get a four-year degree after high school to find work in an occupation that pays better than the median wages in most Tennessee locations. The following Tennessee jobs shown here with their 2013 median hourly wages require either some postsecondary training or a two-year degree:

  • Air traffic controllers: $57.81
  • Funeral service managers: $40.73
  • Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation and relay: $34.01
  • Nuclear technicians: $32.55
  • Radiation therapists: $31.49

If you are considering seeking training from Tennessee vocational schools or want to pursue an associate degree, the following careers are projected to have the most potential job openings and the best wages through the end of this decade, according to the state's Department of Labor and Workforce Development's highlights of "hot jobs":

Medical laboratory and clinical technicians

  • 225 annual job openings
  • $31,431 annual median wage

Respiratory therapists

  • 155 annual job openings
  • $46,439 annual median wage

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

  • 180 annual job openings
  • $39,474 annual median wage

Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors

  • 165 annual job openings
  • $36,587 annual median wage

The following occupations, shown with their median hourly wage, are the top ten fastest-growing jobs in Tennessee through 2020 that require postsecondary training or a two-year associate degree:

  1. Diagnostic medical sonographers: $28.82 (42 percent growth)
  2. Heating, air conditioning, refrigeration mechanics and installers: $18.07 (37 percent growth)
  3. Dental hygienists: $30.87 (35 percent growth)
  4. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics: $14.08 (31 percent growth)
  5. Court reporters: $18.15 (31 percent growth)
  6. Physical therapist assistants: $25.73 (30 percent growth)
  7. Skincare specialists: $16.80 (30 percent growth)
  8. Dental assistants: $16.37 (29 percent growth)
  9. Medical records and health information technicians: $14.95 (26 percent growth)
  10. Paralegals and legal assistants: $20.58 (26 percent growth)

Many of these jobs have good earning potential. Your career can be one of the most important decisions you make for your future. Take the time to explore all your options and seek out the best training.

Sources:

Economy at a Glance, Tennessee, July 23, 2014 http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.tn.htm

Fastest Growing Occupations, Tennessee, Some college, careeronestop.org, http://www.careerinfonet.org/oview1.asp?next=oview1&id=1&nodeid=3&stfips=47&level=edu5-6

Fastest Growing Occupations, Tennessee, Two year/associate's degree, careeronestop.org, http://www.acinet.org/oview1.asp?next=oview1&id=1&nodeid=3&stfips=47&level=edu4

Forbes Best Places for Business and Careers 2014 http://www.forbes.com/places/tn/nashville/

QuickFacts, Tennessee, U.S. Census Bureau, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/47000.html

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

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, Employment Security Division, https://www.jobs4tn.gov/

Vocational Schools in Tennessee
This list also contains online schools that accept students from Tennessee
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Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln College of Technology.

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Scranton: Scranton, PA 18501

Get the skills you need to pursue your dreams at South College, located in Knoxville.

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

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

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Memphis: 568 Colonial Road Memphis, TN 38117

Brentwood: 7106 Moores Lane, Ste A Brentwood, TN 37027

City College of Florida is focused on providing the best in business and career education.

Programs : Cosmetology, Aesthetics, Instructor Training Program, and more..

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Cleveland: 1605 Professional Park Drive Cleveland, TN 37312

Get hands-on training with Remington College.

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Nashville: 441 Donelson Pike Nashville, TN 37214

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Start your career with an education from Chattanooga College Medical, Dental & Technical Careers.

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Chattanooga: 3805 Brainerd Road Rd. Chattanooga, TN 37411

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