Trade Schools in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles isn't just a city full of actors and models. It's a city of hard-working, everyday people. Many of the people who live in LA are able to afford the high cost of living because they took the time to learn a skill.

Going to one of the many trade schools in Los Angeles allows people to earn way more than minimum wage. In fact, some of the highest-paying vocational careers can be found in Southern California.

Top Industries and Employers in Los Angeles

The top industries in Los Angeles include:

Job growth in Los Angeles is expected to rise by nearly 1.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many of which will be in the fastest-growing industries (listed above).

Within those industries are numerous jobs that require specialized skills. This is why Los Angeles is good for vocational students. Learning such skills — and earning certification for them from one of the vocational schools in Los Angeles — can help ensure students get good-paying jobs for a city with a cost of living that's 29 percent higher than the rest of the nation.

Why is Los Angeles Good for Trade and Vocational Students?

Looking for Los Angeles trade schools isn't difficult — there are so many of them! Here are some of the best vocational schools in Los Angeles.

  • Career Development Institute - Interested in the health care industry? Career Development Institute is one of the highest-rated nursing schools in the state. Students can become an LVN in just 13 months. Financial aid is available.
  • National Career College - Students interested in becoming a medical or dental assistant, nurse or medical administrator will love National Career College. Financial aid is available, as are career services.
  • Film Connection - Of course, no list of vocational schools in Los Angeles would be complete without mentioning something about the film industry. At this vocational school, students will learn film production and editing, cinematography and more.

Not sure which Los Angeles trade school is right for you? Check out our list of programs available to find the school and course that fits your needs the best. Then, read on about vocational and trade schools in California for more insight.

Learn More about Los Angeles


Total Population3,959,657

Education and Earnings

# Enrolled in College290,822
Median Earnings Without High School Degree$20,464
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,877
Median Earnings With Associate Degree$34,896


Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Commutes by Walking3.5%
% Commutes by Bicycle1%
% Commutes by Public Transportation9.4%


Median Housing Cost$1,541
Median Gross Rent$1,376
Median House Value$599,700
Source: American Community Survey, 2018, U.S. Census Bureau,
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