Vocational and Technical Degrees

Vocational degree programs focus on the knowledge and skills a student will need for a specific job or trade. These programs typically take between 16 and 24 months to complete and focus on a particular craft or trade. Usually there are no prerequisite classes required to enter into one of these programs. After the student earns their degree, vocational program graduates will have a finely tuned skill set and will likely be qualified to begin working immediately.

These careers are a great option for anyone looking to specialize their skills and get an edge on the competition. They offer a wide range of benefits, such as: short education time (an average of 2 years, sometimes less), on-the-job experience while you learn, and ability to start working right away.

Sample Careers:

  • Applied Technology
  • Automotive and Vehicle
  • Aviation
  • Carpentry
  • Computer & Appliance Repair
  • Cosmetology
  • Electrician
  • Electronic Engineering
  • HVAC (Heating and Air Conditioning)
  • Nursing (LVN/LPN)
  • Occupational Safety
  • Plumbing
  • Transportation
  • Welding

Starting salaries for vocational careers can range from $15,000 for a Hairstylist, $22,000 for a cook, $25,000 for an Auto Mechanic, and up to $32,000 for a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2007, the median LPN salary was $39,030, while an electronic engineering technician salary was $52,140, and a computer specialists earned a median salary of $71,510.