Vocational programs and schools in the U.S. are getting a very deserving second look from a diverse group of students across the country, and with good reason. A 2014 study by Manpower found that skilled trade workers were number 1 on its “Top 10 Hardest Jobs to Fill” list. Other vocational careers on the list include restaurant and hotel staff, drivers, accounting and finance staff, IT staff, and nurses.
The number one reason cited by employers for having difficulty filling jobs is the lack of technical competencies—some competencies that may be gained at a technical or trade school. Schools offering programs in health care, technology, paralegal, skilled trades and more can be found across the 50 states. According to Federal Student Aid, an Office of the U.S. Department of Education, students of technical, vocational and trade schools that meet certain criteria may be eligible for federal student aid. Look to the popular industries in your state and find out which careers may be pursued at a technical school.