Trade Schools in Columbus

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Columbus, Ohio holds a population of 1.9 million, and is also where Abraham Lincoln was located when he found out he would become president. Not only is Columbus home to Lincoln's good news, but it was also named the United States' most intelligent city in 2013. This is a good reason to advance your knowledge and trade in Columbus.

Top Employers and Industries in Columbus

Due to Columbus being the largest city in Ohio, there are multiple highest-paying vocational career opportunities within the city's top industries.

Since 2018, construction has been Ohio's number one fastest-growing industry. Retail, transportation, and consulting services are industries not far behind.

OhioHealth and Cardinal Health are just a couple of the largest health care companies located in the Columbus, Ohio region. A few of the most successful manufacturing companies include Honda, Hikma (pharmaceuticals), and Hexion (specialty chemicals). Amazon is the biggest e-commerce supplier.

The largest, fastest-growing vocational industries in Columbus include:

Why is Columbus Good for Trade and Vocational Students?

  • Columbus State Community College offers associate degrees in science, arts, and technical studies. This community college also includes certificates in specific disciplines which take 1 to 2 semesters to complete. Some of these certificates can even unite into an associate degree.
  • Fortis College specializes in the medical and health care fields, and offers hybrid programs which include online and in-classroom training. This college also includes trade school programs such as electrical, HVAC, and welding. Fortis offers complete online programs in accounting technology, human resources, and business management as well.
  • South-Western Career Academy is a Columbus technical school that has concentrations in multi-skilled health, electrical trades, automotive technologies, and health information management. Students have the choice of completing an associate or bachelor's degree, or additional education training for entering the work force.

Learn more about education in Ohio and read about Ohio trade schools to get started on your vocational career path.

Learn More about Columbus


Total Population852,144

Education and Earnings

# Enrolled in College67,552
Median Earnings Without High School Degree$18,702
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,137
Median Earnings With Associate Degree$31,996


Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Commutes by Walking2.9%
% Commutes by Bicycle0.7%
% Commutes by Public Transportation3.1%


Median Housing Cost$955
Median Gross Rent$889
Median House Value$136,500
Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2017,
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