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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:

CareerTotal EmploymentAnnual Median WageProjected Employment Change
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers910124,82032,053
Multimedia Artists and Animators1,82048,20032,211
Software Developers, Systems Software34,50096,85032,021
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians11,42034,74032,282
Computer Systems Analysts45,71080,42032,017
Paralegals and Legal Assistants19,67047,51032,138
Dental Hygienists12,59071,23032,283
Registered Nurses190,09067,31032,275
Pharmacists20,670118,88032,255
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

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

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

Campus Locations :

Houston: 11310 Greens Crossing Houston, TX 77067

Garland: 1800 Eastgate Drive Garland, TX 75041

Fort Worth: 300 East Loop 820 Fort Worth, TX 76112

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Programs : M.S. in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies, B.S. in Justice Studies, and more..

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Phoenix: 3300 W Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85017

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..

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Dallas: 11830 Webb Chapel Road Dallas, TX 75234

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

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Programs : Cosmetology, Esthetician, Manicurist, and more..

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San Antonio: Ingram Park Mall - 6151 N.W. Loop 410, Ste. 201 San Antonio, TX 78238

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

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Get hands-on training with Vista College.

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Beaumont: 3871 Stagg Dr Suite 194 Beaumont, TX 77701

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

Amarillo: Bank of America Building 701 S. Taylor St., Suite B-190 Amarillo, TX 79101

El Paso: 6101 Montana Avenue El Paso, TX 79925

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