Trade Schools in Milwaukee

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The Milwaukee metropolitan area has over 2 million residents, making it the most populous region in Wisconsin. Milwaukee benefits from a strong economy, with the unemployment rate and cost of living slightly lower than the U.S. averages.

Top Industries in Milwaukee

The largest industries in Milwaukee include:

  • Education
  • Health services
  • Professional and business services
  • Trade
  • Transportation and utility services
  • Manufacturing

The top employers in Milwaukee are:

  • Aurora Health Care
  • Ascension Wisconsin
  • Froedtert Health

Popular vocational careers in Milwaukee include:

Why Is Milwaukee Good for Trade and Vocational Students?

Not only does Milwaukee have plenty of schools to choose from, the state of Wisconsin also provides financial aid programs to aid students attending vocational schools in Milwaukee. If you're looking to start your vocational career in Milwaukee, you may want to consider these schools:

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) has four campuses in the Milwaukee area. This public school has six schools — business, health sciences, media, liberal arts, pre-college and applied sciences. MATC also has apprentice programs for many trades, including electrical, plumbing, HVAC and machinist vocations.

  • Milwaukee Career College is a technical school in Milwaukee that focuses on health care with programs in medical assisting, dental assisting and veterinary assisting.

  • Waukesha County Technical College is located outside the city of Milwaukee but within the Milwaukee metropolitan area. The school offers over 150 certificate and degree programs in diverse fields such as machine tool operation, accounting, diesel maintenance and anesthesia technology.

Continue on our site for many more pages about how learning a trade can be the right career choice.

Learn More about Milwaukee


Total Population596,886

Education and Earnings

# Enrolled in College42,305
Median Earnings Without High School Degree$22,365
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,566
Median Earnings With Associate Degree$30,790


Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Commutes by Walking4.7%
% Commutes by Bicycle0.9%
% Commutes by Public Transportation7.6%


Median Housing Cost$891
Median Gross Rent$842
Median House Value$118,000
Source: American Community Survey, 2018, U.S. Census Bureau,
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