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San Francisco Vocational, Trade and Technical Schools

Since the Gold Rush, people have gone to San Francisco to make their fortunes. With 837,442 residents in the city proper as of 2013, San Francisco is the fourth-largest city in California. However, it's only part of the much larger Bay Area, a collection of nine counties that were home to 7.15 million people in 2010, many of whom work in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose or other major cities in the area. Students enrolled in San Francisco vocational schools may find that the Bay Area's diverse economy provides numerous career opportunities for those who qualify.

According to the State of California Employment Development Department's Labor Market Information Division, industry sectors that experienced growth and high employment in San Francisco between May 2013 and May 2014 include:

  • Professional and business services: 9,800 new jobs
  • Leisure and hospitality: 4,200 new jobs
  • Construction: 3,400 new jobs
  • Private educational and health services: 2,800 new jobs
  • Trade, transportation, and utilities: 2,500 new jobs
  • Information: 1,900 new jobs

San Francisco economy and jobs information

Because of its high concentration of colleges and technical schools, San Francisco has the most highly educated workforce in the nation, with more than 7,000 college-degree-holders per square mile. This education is what has enabled the city to become an internationally known hub for research and innovation. San Francisco produces more patents than any other place in the country, and attracts more than one-third of its venture capital. Key sectors identified as important to the city's economic growth in the coming years are IT and software, social and digital media, life sciences and biotechnology, environmental and clean technology, professional services and international business. Here is a small sampling of jobs in these fast-growing sectors that San Francisco-Oakland-Freemont trade schools are poised to prepare students for, along with May 2013 annual mean salary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov):

  • Medical assistants: $42,100
  • Chefs and head cooks: $55,500
  • Computer user support specialists: $65,240
  • Electrical and electronics drafters: $71,440
  • Radiologic technologists: $87,330

San Francisco is not only an exciting place in which to begin a career, but it's also one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with a variety of settings from urban to rural, from seaside to mountains and lush farmlands. Discover how San Francisco trade schools may benefit you by exploring the programs listed here.

Sources:

"Case for Business," San Francisco Center for Economic Development, http://sfced.org/case-for-business/

"May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA," Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2013/may/oes_41860.htm#13-0000

"San Francisco by Area." Bay Area Census, http://www.bayareacensus.ca.gov/bayarea.htm

"San Francisco (city), California," U.S. Census Bureau, State & County QuickFacts. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/0667000.html

"San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City Metropolitan Division (MD) (Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties," State of California Employment Development Department, Labor Market Information Division, June 20, 2014, http://www.calmis.ca.gov/htmlfile/msa/sf.htm

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MS Cybersecurity - Computer Forensics
  • UC is committed to liberal education integrated with professional study
  • Accredited by the MSCHE with a beautiful campus located in Utica, New York
  • 21 graduate programs, 38 undergraduate majors & study abroad opportunities
  • More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students (full- and part-time)
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Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
  • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
  • Students work with industry-standard tools and technologies, allowing them to gain practical knowledge and real-world experience.
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Audio Production (BS)
  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
  • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
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Aviation Maintenance Technician
  • Designated as a 2017 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
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    Veterinary Technology Alternate Route - Certificate
    • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
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    Master of Public Health Online
    • Ranked one of the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
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    • A member of the esteemed Association of American Universities (AAU), one of 62 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. and Canada.
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    Nurse Educator (PGC)
    • Online Bachelor's programs include Healthcare Management, Public Health, IT, Psychology, BBA & Criminal Justice
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    • Provide a range of campus experiences and services online including advising, tutoring, student community, and career services
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    Psychology (BA) (Online)
    • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
    • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
    • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
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    International Business - D.B.A.
    • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
    • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
    • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
    • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
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    Collision Repair

    At Universal Technical Institute (UTI), you won’t just train for a career. You’ll train for success. The hands-on training and high-tech skills you’ll get at UTI can put you on the fast track toward a rewarding career as a professional technician. Across the nation, you’ll find UTI-trained technicians working in great jobs with top manufacturers, dealerships and repair shops. 

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