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Technical School Programs and Job Opportunities

Updated on October 1, 2012

Technical schools are anything but mundane! There are various programs at the schools, which are generally shorter than four-year university programs. Alumni work within industrial, computer, and design-related areas that match their education.

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Types of Programs

Common program areas are computer-related and industrial trades. Computer programs include information technology and computer-aided drafting, while examples of industrial trade subjects are construction technology and automotive technology.

Drafting and design programs are popular at technical colleges. Students learn to use computer-assisted drafting and design software. Specialized programs within the subject areas are graphic design, digital entertainment and game design, visual communications and computer drafting and design. Students also explore creative aspirations in photography, design, and culinary schools.

Technical schools combine book learning with hands-on work to give students a well-rounded approach to the area of study and prepare them for careers after graduation. Online or in class programs are available campuses.

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Reasons to Enroll

Technical colleges provide great experiences for a future related career without the time investment of many degree programs. Programs start at only a few months and extend to upwards of a few years depending on type.

Often people apply to technical institutions as they provide the only way to get the desired occupations. For example, chefs cannot learn their craft in at a traditional university.

Other reasons to enroll in technical schools are financial. The courses are often less expensive than a four-year college in the same city. When a student has financial issues, the shorter education time also means that he or she can get a job in a relatively short time to begin earning income. Getting that job begins with enrollment.

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Graduate Opportunities

There are many job opportunities after a student graduates from a technical school. For example, a student who takes an information and computer technology program qualifies to work in the areas of computer programming, network administration, and computer forensics and computer security.

Other careers of graduates are in the design field. These technical schools prepare students to work in interior design, fashion design, and architectural design. A graduate may pursue a career as a fashion designer or instead decide to head a design firm.

Industrial technology program graduates pursue hands-on work as automotive technicians and restorers, welders, electricians, and industrial engineers. There are many levels of aspiration amongst program students and a variety of sub-categories within each field of study.

There are many programs available at technical schools. Programs range from creative fields like design and culinary to industrial courses and information technology. Graduates attain positions such as designers, computer programmers, welders, chefs and more.


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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you teaches and great to see you too!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      A few of our family has attended technical school programs and now have very well paying jobs. It does have it's value! Good write up and very well covered. Voted up.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Ruchira, glad to hear you are enjoying the successes related to being technical :)

      Marc, You are quite right there! Many trades are hurting for people. Thanks for stopping by!

      Bill, there is a glitch with my HubPages links within the website. I emailed HP a few times but they can't seem to figure it out... Hope it gets sorted soon. Thanks for the comment!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Christy, being technical always pays off.

      Interesting read...thanks god I am a technical writer ;)

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago

      I truly believe that in this day and age people are much better off taking trades than going to University for woolgathering diplomas... there is more work for plumbers and electricians than for people with degrees in history and whatnot! Great article!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I see we are back to not being notified about your hubs. If it weren't for Linda's newspaper I wouldn't have seen this one. Great information for college-bound students today. Nice job!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Penlady, yes education will certainly help people get their feet in the doors. Saving money on education can keep bills from piling up before getting the job. Thanks for the comment, votes and shares as well.

      @Mike and @RTalloni, thank-you for the great comments!

      @Sunshine, I do hope it is useful for anyone wanting to return to school. There are affordable options out there. Thanks for stopping by!

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      penlady 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      This is appropriate information for this time. With the economy in bad shape and people having to tighten their finances, you've shown people some alternative routes they can take if they're interested in returning to school.

      Nowadays you've got to have some sort of skill and luckily you can gain a skill without spending as much as you would in college.

      Excellent hub, Christy. Voted up, useful, tweeted and googled.

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      Mike Robbers 5 years ago from London

      Important stuff at times that so many people are ... looking for a job.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      A good look at taking the option of technical school programs and resulting job opportunities. Glad to see this encouragement posted!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      A very informative hub Christy! I'm sure this will help many potential students make a decision. Voted and sharing! :)

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Janine, Yes the savings of money and time alone make the technical college a hard one to turn down. Depending on the job a person wants, this route may certainly be a good choice. Thank-you for the shares and comment!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Christy, very timely in this day and age when it seems that many who are going to 4 year colleges come out and there are just no jobs available for them in this horrendous economy right now. Back when I was in college a friend of mine did indeed do just this and went for Culinary. He became a chef and worked in a prestigious Hotel chain in NYC. So I could also relate on that level as well. Very nicely done and have of course voted and shared all over.