Trade Schools in Tacoma

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Tacoma, Washington, which is south of Seattle on the Puget Sound, sits between Olympic National Park and Mt. Rainer National Park.

Some of the top industries in Tacoma, which include some of the fastest-growing industries, are:

Within these top industries are some of the largest employers in the city:

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord
  • MultiCare Health System
  • Washington State Employees
  • CHI Franciscan Health
  • Tacoma Public Schools
  • Pierce County Government

The largest employers in Tacoma offer some of the highest-paying careers, like:

  • Chief executives
  • Personal financial advisors
  • Sales managers
  • Architectural and engineering managers
  • General and operations managers
  • Computer and information systems managers
  • Marketing managers

In addition to top industries, stable employers and high-paying jobs, there are also trade schools in Tacoma that students may benefit from.

Vocational Schools in Tacoma

There are a few technical schools in Tacoma that offer a variety of degree programs suitable for employment in the area.

  • BJ's Beauty and Barber College
  • Everest College-Tacoma
  • Bates Technical College
  • Tacoma Dental Assistant School
  • Altierus Career Colleges
  • Mount Rainier Real Estate School

Schools like Everest College and Bates Technical College offer multiple degree programs that students may find compelling, such as medical assisting, medical billing and coding, medical administrative assisting and massage therapy.

There is also a range of degree programs available in the architecture and construction industries, information technology industries and business, finance and personal services. Some of the top industries in the area may find these degree programs competitive.

Why is Tacoma good for vocational students? The city has a robust market of jobs that pay over $100,000 a year, there are several degree programs available from a variety of great schools and the city has easy access to fun recreational activities.

Learn about trade schools in Washington for additional insight into your vocational opportunities.

Learn More about Tacoma


Total Population207,280

Education and Earnings

# Enrolled in College12,638
Median Earnings Without High School Degree$25,604
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,317
Median Earnings With Associate Degree$36,206


Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Commutes by Walking3%
% Commutes by Bicycle0.7%
% Commutes by Public Transportation5.6%


Median Housing Cost$1,187
Median Gross Rent$1,015
Median House Value$227,200
Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2017,
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