Trade schools in Richmond

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Over 8 million people live in the state of Virginia, which grew in population at a rate of 3.2 percent from 2010 to 2013, according to 2013 Census Bureau projections. Richmond, which is the cradle of U.S. self-government, home to the oldest continuously operating legislature in the Western Hemisphere, and Virginia's state capital, grew even faster during that time: 4.8 percent by census projections. Richmond's growth spurt hasn't hurt employment in that city. In fact, quite the opposite. More than 657,000 were employed as of June 2014, keeping the unemployment rate well under 6 percent for the first half of 2014.

The information industry experienced the biggest surge in employment growth from July of 2013 through June of 2014 -- 6.3 percent. A number of trade schools in Richmond offer everything from two-year associate degrees to four-year bachelor's programs if you want to train for work in the up and coming information segment of the job market in Richmond. Other industry sectors -- aside from manufacturing, which lost less than a percentage point -- all showed modest gains for the same period, with education and health services also adding a substantial number of jobs and growing at 4.5 percent. These were the numbers of workers employed in Richmond, Va. for June 2014 in the biggest industry sectors:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities: 120,700
  • Government: 113,400
  • Professional and business services: 101,900
  • Education and health services: 95,700

Trade schools in Richmond, Virginia: training for trending jobs

The Virginia Workforce Connection job projections for the state showed the highest percentages of anticipated growth in these occupations for the decade from 2012 through 2022 (with projection percentages from Projections Central for Virginia):

  1. Ambulance drivers and attendants: 72.7 percent
  2. Interpreters and translators: 65.6 percent
  3. Physical therapist aides: 64.1 percent
  4. Occupational therapy assistants: 62.1 percent
  5. Personal care aides: 58 percent

It is not surprising that four of the top five growth occupations in Richmond are in the health field. All over the country, health care support workers are in demand due to changes in health care legislation and an aging population. You can find a variety of technical and vocational schools in Richmond offering training for health care occupations such as those above.

According to the Virginia Workforce connection, occupations with the most job openings for which you can find vocational schools in Richmond include the following, shown with the annual number of job openings expected in the state through 2022 and annual average wages for Richmond from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2013:

Nursing assistants

  • Annual Openings: 1,785
  • Annual Average Wage: $23,800

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses:

  • Annual Openings: 1,120
  • Annual Average Wage: $39,990

Surgical technologists

  • Annual Openings: 177
  • Annual Average Wage: $44,190

Registered nurses

  • Annual Openings: 1,906
  • Annual Average Wage: $63,060

Accountants and auditors

  • Annual Openings: 1,921
  • Annual Average Wage: $69,900

Software developers, applications

  • Annual Openings: 1,482
  • Annual Average Wage: $86,470

Trade, vocational and technical schools offer training for these and other careers in health care, information technology, and professional and business services support. High school graduates should not have to settle for jobs as unskilled laborers. With training from vocational, technical or trade schools in Richmond, you can take advantage of more opportunities in the growing job market. By advancing your skills and knowledge, you may be on your way to becoming a vital part of the city's economic growth.

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Total Population220,892

Education and Earnings

# Enrolled in College21,316
Median Earnings Without High School Degree$19,552
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,506
Median Earnings With Associate Degree$27,288


Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Commutes by Walking5.7%
% Commutes by Bicycle1.9%
% Commutes by Public Transportation5.2%


Median Housing Cost$1,007
Median Gross Rent$942
Median House Value$209,200
Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2017,
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