Trade Schools in Wichita

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Known as the "Air Capital of the World," Wichita is Kansas' largest city and filled to the brim with opportunity. Apart from the city's booming aviation industry, there are many other growing industries that may intrigue incoming vocational students.

Top Industries in Wichita

While new industries continuously pop up in Wichita, and the list of highest-paying vocational careers gets longer, the city's traditional industries are keeping pace. Aviation, for example, has long been one of the top industries in Wichita, accounting for 21.6 percent of employment in the area at its peak.

Some of Wichita's top industries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, include:

The top employers in Wichita cover a diverse range of industries, allowing vocational students to choose from a variety of options. Below is a breakdown of the top employers in Wichita:

  • Spirit AeroSystems
  • Via Christi Health
  • Unified School District 259
  • McConnell AFB
  • State of Kansas
  • Koch Industries
  • Bombardier Learjet

Some popular vocational careers include:

  • HVAC Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Paralegal
  • Cosmetologist
  • Dental Assistant
  • Aircraft Maintenance Worker
  • Auto Mechanic

Notable Trade Schools in Wichita

If you're looking into Wichita to enter into a vocational career, you may be surprised by the amount of opportunity within various industries. Some technical schools in the Wichita area include:

  • Wichita Technical Institute
  • Vatterott
  • Wichita State University-Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology
  • Paul Mitchell the School

Learn More about Wichita


Total Population389,054

Education and Earnings

# Enrolled in College23,014
Median Earnings Without High School Degree$24,365
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,219
Median Earnings With Associate Degree$32,220


Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Commutes by Walking1.4%
% Commutes by Bicycle0.3%
% Commutes by Public Transportation0.7%


Median Housing Cost$823
Median Gross Rent$767
Median House Value$124,400
Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2017,
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