Tampa Vocational and Trade Schools

With a prime spot along one of the world's most beautiful coastlines, Tampa, Florida has plenty to offer new residents. Both visitors and long-term inhabitants can enjoy the white sand beaches, local concerts, art exhibits, museums and wildlife.

There are a number of colleges, universities, and trade schools in Tampa. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are 30 separate colleges, universities, community colleges, and vocational schools in Tampa, most of which offer either technical training or traditional degree programs. According to the city of Tampa, the industries targeted for growth in the area include:

  • Defense and security
  • Information technology
  • Life sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Financial and professional services
  • Film and digital media

Tampa Trade Schools: Expert Q&A with Bob McDonaugh

To learn more about opportunities and daily living in Tampa, we reached out to Bob McDonaugh, Administrator of Economic Opportunity for the City of Tampa. In this expert session, Bob offers insights into the local economy and job market, plus what life in Tampa is really like.

How is the economic outlook in Tampa?

The outlook for Tampa is very positive at the current time. We continue to enjoy an influx of new jobs attracted by our talented pool of job candidates and reasonable operating costs. The current unemployment rate in our county is 4.6%

What are the top employers in Tampa?

  • MacDill AFB
  • BayCare Health Care
  • Verizon, Citicorp
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Tampa Electric

What are the emerging industries in Tampa?

An interesting subset of our financial services hub is the emerging specialty of cyber security. With MacDill as a major employer and the University of South Florida establishing a Center of Excellence for Cyber Security, we are well positioned to create a niche in this emerging industry.

Why is Tampa a great place for students?

Students have a vast array of choices for post-secondary education in Tampa. The University of Tampa, the University of South Florida and St. Leo's all over advanced degrees in a wide range of subjects from marine biology to accounting to the previously mentioned cyber security. Post graduated opportunities include very successful MBA programs, graduate nursing degrees and a medical school. Hillsborough Community College offers an extensive curriculum including technical skills along with traditional degree programs. The job market locally is very attractive, offering tremendous opportunities to recent graduates.

Tampa has a multitude of assets to attract new residents. We have a very diverse population. Virtually every country on the planet is represented here, making it easier for people to assimilate.

Why would you recommend someone move to Tampa?

Great recreational facilities, a large collection of cultural assets, one of the best airports in the country, a solid educational system and a very friendly population all add up to make Tampa a great place to live and play.

About the Expert

Bob McDonaugh Administrator of Economic Opportunity for the City of Tampa

Learn More About Tampa


Total Population368,087

Education and Earnings

# Enrolled in College27,830
Median Earnings Without High School Degree$19,815
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,352
Median Earnings With Associate Degree$32,298


Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Commutes by Walking2.4%
% Commutes by Bicycle1.3%
% Commutes by Public Transportation2.5%


Median Housing Cost$1,068
Median Gross Rent$1,031
Median House Value$190,300
Article Sources
Article Sources


  1. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  2. QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, Tampa City, Florida, http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/1271000
  3. Target Industries, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, http://tampaedc.com/target-industries/
  4. Interview with Bob McDonaugh, Administrator of Economic Opportunity for the City of Tampa
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