Trade and Vocational Schools in Reading

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With approximately 90,000 residents, Reading is the fifth most densely populated city in Pennsylvania. Reading is equidistant from Philadelphia and Harrisburg, as well as Allentown and Lancaster. Thanks to its location between these other cities, Reading has become a hub for both long-distance cyclists in the state and transportation/logistics companies. Reading is also known as "The Pretzel City" because of the city's many bakeries.

Top Industries and Employers in Reading

Companies based in Reading are always in search of skilled, hardworking employees. A few of the major companies with headquarters in Reading include Boskov's, Carpenter Technology Corporation, Penske Truck Leasing and Redner's Markets. The Reading Municipal Government and Public School System also employ approximately 5,000 workers. Given that most of the major employers in the city are retail and logistics companies, it comes as no surprise that the fastest-growing industries in Reading are:

Why Is Reading Good for Trade and Vocational Students?

Not only does Reading's top industries have opportunities for workers with professional skills, but the city is also home to a selection of vocational schools, such as the following:

  • Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center offers programs in construction, graphic design, health sciences, manufacturing and transportation. Through the Capstone program, senior students can have the opportunity to gain supervised work experience in the center's partner businesses. CareerLink, TAA/TRA, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and the Veterans' Administration/GI Bill provide tuition sponsorship for adults who wish to enroll.
  • Berks Technical Institute has over 15 different tracks for students. This school also has various financial aid, scholarship and loan programs, and a dedicated office for helping students decide how to pay for their education.

By attending a vocational school, you can take steps towards getting one of the highest-paying careers in the region without the financial burden of a four-year college. Learn more about how vocational school can help your career by looking through other pages on our website.

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Total Population88,211

Education and Earnings

# Enrolled in College5,354
Median Earnings Without High School Degree$20,376
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,460
Median Earnings With Associate Degree$24,660


Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Commutes by Walking7.2%
% Commutes by Bicycle0.6%
% Commutes by Public Transportation7.5%


Median Housing Cost$786
Median Gross Rent$797
Median House Value$70,800
Source: American Community Survey, 2018, U.S. Census Bureau,
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