Nashville, Tennessee, considered by many to be the country music capital of the world, has much to offer besides just the Grand Ole Opry. This metropolitan city boasted an unemployment rate of 4.6 in April 2014, which was well below the national average of 6.3 percent during the same time period. This low rate could be due, in part, to the diversified economy of the area. Entertainment and tourism are two of the city's largest job sectors, in the large part, due to the country music scene. Sound technicians, AV specialists, and freelance musicians who graduate from Nashville's many trade schools typically may find themselves with various career options from which to choose. In fact, Nashville is second only to New York for music production and sound editing.
Entertainment represents just one pillar in Nashville's economy. With three of the 10 largest employers in Nashville being health care related, this city of 634,464 residents (2013) is poised to become a major player in medicine, biotechnology and related services. Nursing trade schools, lab technical colleges, and medical billing vocational programs may be important in a region where over 70,000 health care practitioners and support staff devote their careers to human health. Below is a breakdown of Nashville's job sectors by number of workers as of May 2014:
- Leisure and hospitality, 93,700
- Manufacturing, 72,800
- Professional and business services, 131,700
- Trade, transportation and utilities, 162,500
- Educational and health services, 127,200
- Mining, logging and construction, 36,100
The economy and job market in Nashville, Tennessee
Health care is, not surprisingly, one of the more popular career paths students may wish to pursue at vocational and technical schools in Nashville. However, Nashville is also making a name for itself in finance, venture capital, banking and insurance. Publishing is also a major field, although increasingly, the industry is transitioning over to digital media and desktop publishing. As such, be sure that any trade schools you are interested in stress information technology and computer science courses in their curricula.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov) provides May 2013 median salary data for the Nashville-Davidson -- Murfreesboro -- Franklin area on occupational fields students may wish to pursue after their vocational training:
- Medical and clinical laboratory technologists, $27.79
- Electrical and electronic engineering technicians, $26.44
- Physical therapist assistants, $25.60
- Sound engineering technicians, $22.18
- Computer user support specialists, $20.07
- Automotive body repairers, $20.05
With such a wide range of career opportunities available, those who are interested in attending a trade, technical or vocational school program may find a promising career path to follow in Nashville.