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What Can You Go to Trade School for in 2021?

Nov 26, 2020 ·
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With a new year quickly approaching, it’s not uncommon for people to be thinking about what they want to be doing for a career. For some, this can mean taking the next step to further their education. However, this doesn’t necessarily have to come in the form of a four-year university.

Trade schools can be a great option for those who are interested in a specific field of work and want to gain hands-on training through a specialized program. Trade schools often allow students to graduate in a shorter amount of time than a typical college, usually between eight months to two years. This can be helpful for those wanting to enter the workforce as soon as possible.

There are many different types of trades students can choose from when they’re looking into attending a trade school. No matter the program, the expectation is that their education will help them to be prepared for an entry-level career in that given field after graduation.

Knowing what trade school programs are available can help you to have a plan of action when looking to enroll. Keep reading to learn about some of the many fields you can pursue at a trade school in 2021.

What Can You Learn at a Trade School?

Trade schools are designed to give students training and experience that they’ll be able to apply to their chosen profession once they graduate. Learning these skills can come from a combination of classroom lectures and hands-on training in a lab environment. Some schools also offer online training, which can be great for those who need the flexibility. 

There are a variety of opportunities out there for students to pursue if they decide a trade school is right for them. With thousands of different programs, there’s something for everyone.

What Trades Are There?

Here are some examples of different types of trades:

The programs offered at trade schools can vary from broader, generalized topics that can be applied to an industry to programs that can be specialized further to allow for advancement in a given field.

For example, the Automotive Technician Training program at UTI provides training for the industry as a whole, but there are also specialized training programs that can help lead students to a career working with specific vehicle brands.

Career Opportunities for Trade School Graduates

When thinking about pursuing higher education, it’s important for students to know what their options are going to be once they graduate. There are many different career opportunities that trade school graduates can choose from within their respective fields.

Here are some examples of jobs commonly pursued by trade school grads:

  • Dental Assistant
  • Massage Therapist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Hairdresser
  • Chef
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • HVAC Technician
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Elevator Mechanic
  • Radiation Therapist
  • IT Technician

Many of these careers have a promising occupational outlook and high earning potential. For example, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 7% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This can be a great route for those who want to work in the health care industry, but don’t want to invest the time and money traditional medical school requires. 

In addition to these occupations, some of the most popular and rewarding career paths for trade school graduates are associated with the transportation industry.

Transportation Careers & Trade School Programs

The transportation industry is going to remain important over the coming years and offers a range of career opportunities for those who attend a trade school. For example, there are more than 60,000 average automotive job openings every year.

Some potential career paths in this industry include:

Student works on a weld at a UTI lab.

 

So what trade school program should you take to train for these types of careers? A trade school like UTI has several options, including:

  • Automotive Technology: Students will be able to maintain and repair different kinds of vehicles once they’ve completed this 51-week program. Career opportunities for graduates include entry-level technician roles that can eventually lead to service management positions. Students can also enroll in a Manufacturer Specific Advanced Training (MSAT) program that helps prepare them for jobs with specific manufacturers.
  • Diesel Technology: If a student pursues a degree in diesel technology, they can gain the skills needed to become a diesel mechanic. Classes offered include everything from diesel engine service and repair to preventative maintenance. Diesel techs can find themselves working in a range of settings, from trucking companies to road crews and auto body shops.
  • CNC Machining: Pursuing a degree in CNC (computer numerical control) machining can give students the skills to craft sophisticated performance parts and components from raw materials. These skills can be used in the transportation industry as well as fields ranging from aerospace to medical and defense.
  • Welding: Students can learn all about the equipment and procedures necessary to weld in this 36-week program. They will be taught the skills needed to fabricate and put together metal parts, which is used in a range of fields. Prospective careers can be within the automotive industry, ship building, construction and infrastructure, and aerospace.
  • Collision Repair: Those pursuing a degree in collision repair can be trained with the skills needed to restore and reshape a range of vehicles. Students will gain knowledge on the proper procedures and parts needed to repair vehicles. They can also enroll in a Specialized Collision Repair Training (CRRT) program to work on specific brands in the industry.
  • Marine Technology: Students with a passion for the water can attend MMI and train as a marine technician. The 51-week program will give hands-on training when it comes to marine product service, repairs and more. Careers marine technicians can pursue include anything from becoming a boat rigger to working as a dealership technician or electrician.
  • Motorcycle Mechanics: In just 42 weeks, students can train as a motorcycle technician at UTI and learn everything they need to enter the field. Courses include everything from engines and transmissions to vehicle maintenance. Students are prepared to work in a range of settings, including dealerships, police departments and custom bike shops.

Attend Trade School and Prepare For a Rewarding Career

Trade schools are often seen as non-traditional avenues for earning a degree. They can encompass many industries and offer students multiple career pathways upon graduation.

Knowing the requirements and processes for applying to trade school can help you prepare for the next step. We recommend reading our requirements tips first. If you know that your interests are in the transportation industry, UTI offers 7 core programs available at 12 campus locations to help prepare you for an entry-level position. To learn more, visit our programs page or request information to get in touch with an admissions representative today.

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