Traditional Trades

High-tech, hands-on jobs

Traditional trade school programs can be broken down into a relatively small number of types but the diverse range of programs within can prepare students for any number of careers, from plumber to architect. Whether they stop with a two-year diploma and gain an entry-level job in the workplace or continue on to obtain a bachelor's or master's degree, students who train in a traditional trade know they'll be looking forward to reliable career opportunities.

What traditional trade schools have to offer

Programs in this category are highly technical and require a variety of skills including advanced knowledge of math and science, as well as the ability to apply that knowledge on the job.

The people suited to many of these vocations like to know the ins and outs of how things work, from mechanical engines to electronic circuitry. Some of them will install complex systems, while others will provide maintenance or make repairs when equipment breaks down. Then there are those who will design and test systems and equipment or take responsibility for their use, such as truckers and pilots).

Traditional trade school programs

  • Electrician - Working with electricity is a dangerous job, so solid technical training is necessary to ensure these workers will work safely.
  • Automotive Technician - Whether students want to become an automotive service or auto body technician or work in sales and management, trade schools can offer training necessary for an automotive career.
  • Aviation - Pilots, flight attendants and aircraft mechanic jobs are vastly different, but the professionals who staff them may have more in common than just airplanes. Technical, trade school and career college programs can provide education for all of them, in areas such as flight safety, engine maintenance and equipment operation.
  • Engineer - This career path demands more than most one or two year diploma or certificate programs can offer, but jobs can be gained as an assistant with as little as an associate's degree.

Many jobs in the skilled trades can be physically and mentally demanding. Schedules aren't always regular and some jobs offer less or more than a regular 40-hour week depending on the availability of work. For some people, the potential for good income and other benefits such as access to new technology and the use of high tech equipment outweigh any negatives and make these careers a great choice.

Whatever career you are interested in pursuing, trade school world is your guide to finding the best career schools.