Trade schools in Milwaukee

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If you want to attend school in a city that values education, consider Milwaukee, Wisconsin. According to a study from McGill University, Milwaukee has one of the highest per capita student populations in the country, ranking sixth among all North American cities.

While Milwaukee trade schools and career colleges offer diplomas, degrees, and certificates in a wide breadth of disciplines, the following industries are particularly well-represented in the region, and therefore popular among its students:

  • Biotechnology
  • Finance
  • Health Care
  • Information Technology

Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Economy at a Glance

Milwaukee's diverse economy coupled with its high quality of living has made it a great place for those attending trade schools in Wisconsin to launch their careers. While a suburban housing boom has made housing more expenses, the Center for Community and Economic Research reports that the Milwaukee region's overall cost of living index was only slightly above the national average. Other benefits those attending Milwaukee trade schools can look forward to:

  • Higher-than-average wages. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Milwaukee workers earned an average annual salary of $44,080 in May 2009, more than the $43,460 national average.
  • Lower-than-average unemployment. The BLS reports that Milwaukee's October 2010, 7.7 percent unemployment rate was nearly 2 full points lower than the 9.6 percent national average.
  • Job satisfaction. Three Milwaukee-headquartered businesses made Forbes Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2005.

Whatever type of degree, diploma, or certificate you choose to pursue, Milwaukee trade schools and vocational colleges can help you achieve your goals.

Learn More About Milwaukee


Total Population599,086

Education and Earnings

# Enrolled in College44,603
Median Earnings Without High School Degree$21,159
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,105
Median Earnings With Associate Degree$29,686


Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Commutes by Walking4.8%
% Commutes by Bicycle1%
% Commutes by Public Transportation8.1%


Median Housing Cost$876
Median Gross Rent$822
Median House Value$115,800
Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2017,
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