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Texas Vocational Schools

They say everything in Texas is bigger -- and it's proving true for the Texas economy. In 2013, the state added jobs in all of the major industry sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality and information. As of May 2014, Texas was continuing to see above average job gain -- like in Fort Bend County, which experienced the most job growth of any county in the country between September 2012 and 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov). Throughout the state, unemployment is dropping and wages are up, reports the Texas Comptroller website.

Technical, trade and vocational schools in Texas may help provide some students with the tools they need to seek jobs in Texas -- from the technology hub of Austin to the medical centers of Houston to the oil fields of East Texas.


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Where the jobs are

If you are looking for jobs in Texas, it helps to know where the jobs are. In Texas, major industries cluster in certain areas, according to the Office of the Governor -- Economic Development and Tourism. Those who desire a career in one of these high concentration hubs may wish to learn more about earning a degree or certificate from a vocational school in Texas:

  • Tarrant County (Fort Worth area): Pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Gulf Region (especially Houston and Tyler): Specialized medical centers and hospitals
  • North Central (including Dallas and Plano) and Gulf region: Communication and wireless equipment manufacturing
  • San Antonio: Data management and hosting
  • Austin: Software publishing and computer systems design
  • Dallas County: Accounting services
  • North and North Central Texas (Wichita Falls and Fort Worth): Aerospace product and parts manufacturing
  • Waco and Northeast Texas (Texarcana): Trailer truck manufacturing in the Heart of Texas,
  • Panhandle: Farm machinery manufacturing
  • West Texas (Midland): Agricultural, mining and construction equipment manufacturing
  • East Texas and the Gulf Region: Oil and gas field equipment

It also helps to know where the greatest number of positions can be found. Top sectors of the Texas economy as of May 2013, according to the BLS, include:

  1. Office and administrative support: 1,871,110
  2. Sales: 1,179,850
  3. Food preparation and serving: 992,800

Top Texas employers

If you know Texas, then it's no surprise that Exxon-Mobil tops the list as Texas' largest public employer. But, it might surprise you to learn that Dell, AT&T and Sysco are three of Texas's top 10 employers. The grocery chain H.E.B. is the state's largest private employer.

Texas salary & wages

Here's a sample of May 2013 median hourly wages for jobs in Texas, according to the BLS:

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

Vocational schools in Texas

There are several vocational schools throughout the state of Texas. Some technical, trade and vocational schools offer courses that can lead to a certificate or diploma, but they also strive to offer the skills and training some employers may be looking for.

Sources

County Employment and Wages in Texas -- Third Quarter 2013, Southwest Information Office, Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 27, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ro6/fax/qcew_tx.htm

Key Economic Indicators, The Texas Economy, Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, May 21, 2014, http://thetexaseconomy.org/economic-outlook/key-indicators/

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

Texas Industry Concentrations, Economic Development & Tourism, Office of the Governor, 2012, http://governor.state.tx.us/files/ecodev/concentrations.pdf

Vocational Schools in Texas
This list also contains online schools that accept students from Texas
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With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

Programs : Culinary Arts (C), Art of Cooking (AS), Culinary Arts (AS), and more..

Campus Locations :

Houston: 10740 North Gessner Drive, Suite 190 Houston, TX 77064

Austin: 101 W. Louis Henna Blvd. Suite 100 Austin, TX 78728

San Antonio: 1000 IH - 10 West Suite 106 San Antonio, TX 78230

Dallas: Two North Park East Dallas, TX 75231

Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln College of Technology.

Programs : Automotive Technology, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Collision Repair and Refinishing, and more..

Campus Locations :

Grand Prairie: 2501 East Arkansas Lane Grand Prairie, TX 75052

Get your career on the right track with Southern Careers Institute.

Programs : Cosmetology, and more..

Campus Locations :

San Antonio: 238 Southwest Military Dr. Suite 101 San Antonio, TX 78221

Brownsville: 1424 W. Price Rd. Suite K Brownsville, TX 78520

Get hands-on training with Le Cordon Bleu Schools of North America.

Programs : Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin - Certificate in Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Dallas - Associate Degree in Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Dallas - Certificate in Culinary Arts, and more..

Campus Locations :

Austin: 11400 Burnet Rd., Ste. 2100 Austin, TX 78758

Dallas: 11830 Webb Chapel Road Dallas, TX 75234

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

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You can fire up a new career with help from Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts . We offer three programs for careers in the culinary industry, including culinary arts, pastry arts, as well as a chef track.

Programs : Professional Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts, and more..

Campus Locations :

Austin: 6020-B Dillard Circle Austin, TX 78752

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

Programs : Automotive Technician, Heating and Air Conditioning, Carpentry, and more..

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Norcross: Norcross, GA

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

Programs : Auto Repair Technician, HVAC Technician, Motorcycle Repair Technician, and more..

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Scranton: Scranton, PA 18501

Get hands-on training with Vista College.

Programs : Cosmetology, Trades Management-HVAC, HVAC, and more..

Campus Locations :

Lubbock: Pyramid Plaza Building 3223 S. Loop 289, Suite 570 Lubbock, TX 79423

El Paso: 6101 Montana Avenue El Paso, TX 79925

As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

Programs : Legal Studies (BS), Criminal Justice (AS), Criminal Justice (MS), and more..

Campus Locations :

Austin: 7700 W Parmer Ln, Building A, Suite A100 Austin, TX 78729

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