Vocational and Trade Schools in Cincinnati, OH

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With over 2 million residents, Cincinnati is Ohio's largest city. Like many other big cities, Cincinnati hosts a variety of attractions, a diverse set of industries and riverside views. Cincinnati is famous for its ambitious architectural projects, earning it the nickname "the Paris of America" in the late 1800s. With its affordable rent, thriving industries and dozens of trade schools in the city, Cincinnati is a great city for trade students to earn professional certificates and degrees.

Top Industries and Employers in Cincinnati

As the Midwest recovers from the 2008 recession, Cincinnati's economy is getting back on its feet. In fact, economists recently reported that unemployment in Cincinnati is the lowest it's been in the last 19 years. Thanks to the city's healthy economy, companies have demonstrated an increased interest in hiring trained workers. Some of the largest companies in the city include the Kroger Company (a retailer), the University of Cincinnati and AK Steel. Since these are some of the biggest employers in the city, it's no surprise that the fastest-growing industries include:

Why Is Cincinnati Good for Trade and Vocational Students?

Of course, Cincinnati has many, many training programs to help residents learn a trade in one of these diverse industries. Many of these programs offer financial aid and scholarships to students to help them pay for the cost of their education.

  • Great Oaks Professional Academy is a vocational high school that offers special training for adults. With four campuses and a multitude of training programs, vocational students at Great Oaks have their choice of specialty and location.
  • Apprenti Cincinnati teaches students how to write code and design software. All of the coursework and training through this company is paid for by local employers and community partners.

Cincinnati is home to a wealth of industries and opportunities. As such, Cincinnati is known as a great place for vocational students to learn a trade. Read more about how attending a trade school can help you explore your career by visiting other pages on our site.

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Total Population300,357

Education and Earnings

# Enrolled in College25,125
Median Earnings Without High School Degree$16,422
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,061
Median Earnings With Associate Degree$29,250


Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Commutes by Walking5.8%
% Commutes by Bicycle0.5%
% Commutes by Public Transportation7.7%


Median Housing Cost$805
Median Gross Rent$709
Median House Value$129,100
Source: American Community Survey, 2018, U.S. Census Bureau,
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