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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:

CareerTotal EmploymentAnnual Median WageProjected Employment Change
Court Reporters80589002,000
Skincare Specialists7703388017,700
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers17006062027,000
Physical Therapist Assistants23805432029,300
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics73103012055,300
Paralegals and Legal Assistants43004791046,200
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians52503096041,100
Dental Hygienists37406623064,200
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers68803895055,900
Dental Assistants56703460074,400
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

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
 
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With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create. Please Call 855-816-4001 to speak to a customer representative.

Programs : Culinary Arts (AS), Culinary Arts (D), Baking & Pastry (AS), and more.

Campus Locations :

Nashville: 100 Centerview Dr. Suite 250 Nashville, TN 37214

Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln Tech.

Programs : Automotive Technology, Collision Repair and Refinishing, Diesel Technology, and more.

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Nashville: 1524 Gallatin Road Nashville, TN 37206

Experience an education that helps you realize your potential in a way that fits you best. Request more information about Post University today.  

Programs : A.S. in Legal Studies, B.S. in Legal Studies, Certificate: Paralegal (Legal Studies), and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.

Programs : BS in Legal Studies, MS in Legal Studies, BS in Paralegal Studies, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Earn Your Diploma from Home!

Programs : Auto Mechanics, Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Electrician, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.

Programs : Auto Repair Technician, Paralegal, HVACR Technician, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

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

Programs : B.S. in Organizational Security and Management, A.A. in Criminal Justice, B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, and more.

Campus Locations :

Cordova: 65 Germantown Court Suite 100 Cordova, TN 38018

Nashville: 616 Marriott Drive Suite 150 Nashville, TN 37214

At Fortis Institute, you may get the skills and training you need to prepare for a career. * Programs vary by location * Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information Please call on  844-252-4552 to talk to a respresentative.

Programs : Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration - Associate, and more.

Campus Locations :

Nashville: 3354 Perimeter Hill Dr. 3354 Perimeter Hill Dr. Nashville, TN 37211

Cookeville: 1025 Hwy. 111 Cookeville, TN 38501

Get hands-on training with Remington College. Prefer to speak with a Customer Service Rep? Call 855-264-3155 toll-free now!

Programs : Professional Diploma in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, AS in Criminal Justice, BS in Criminal Justice, and more.

Campus Locations :

Memphis: 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. Memphis, TN 38132

Are you interested in pursuing a high-tech career? Getting an education from ITT Tech is a great place to start!

Programs : AS - Paralegal, AS - Criminology and Forensic Technology, and more.

Campus Locations :

Johnson City: 4721 Lake Park Drive, Suite 100 Johnson City, TN 37615

Cordova: 7260 Goodlett Farms Parkway Cordova, TN 38016

Knoxville: 10208 Technology Drive Knoxville, TN 37932

Chattanooga: 5600 Brainerd Road, Suite G-1 Chattanooga, TN 37411

Nashville: 2845 Elm Hill Pike Nashville, TN 37214

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