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Why a degree in trades and careers?

Does being on the front lines get your adrenaline pumping or make you wish you had a change of pants? If you are prepared for a hands on job, consider pursuing a degree in Trades & Careers. It can be dangerous, but you could be the change the world needs.

What trades and careers degree options exist?

Let’s look into the future. Baby boomers are leaving the workforce as quickly as they entered the world, creating a promising job market for future applicants. More than 66% of government employers are planning to hire for new positions this year, up 5% from 2013*. An added bonus-employees in the Trades & Careers industry are generally very satisfied with their jobs, because they’re making a difference.

You could be anything from a firefighter to an auto mechanic, or even a military service member. Maybe helping people is your calling, and all you need to do is pick up the phone. Are you ready to join the team? It sure is a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it.

Earnings can vary depending on degree earned and occupation.

What are the different degrees I can get in trades and careers?

Want to gain practical job skills so you can enter the workforce A.S.A.P.? Consider going to trade school. Students studying trades and careers only take courses that directly apply to their target job. These programs usually last just one to two years, so you’ll finish school years before most students—and, most likely, with less student loan debt. Those are some serious perks! You have tons of options that span nearly all industries. For example, you can get a certificate or associate’s degree in areas like paralegal, floral designer, mechanic, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapy assistant, dental hygienist, medical assistant, cosmetologist, veterinary technician, x-ray technician, chef, massage therapist, plumber, and electrician. You’re guaranteed to find a trade or career program that aligns with your interests.

What are some of the skills and experiences I will gain through trades and careers?

Your program will train you to perform a very specific job instead of giving you a general education like a bachelor’s degree program would. For example, instead of taking a 15-week introductory chemistry course, you might take one five-hour lesson on chemistry in cosmetology. A large part of trade and career training is practical application. You will spend a set number of hours in clinics or practicums working with real clients, equipment, and products. If your state requires you to become licensed to work in your specialty, you might also attend test prep sessions and take mock exams in your program.


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