Published by RWM.org
March 6, 2015
There is no one right path to success after high school; for most grads the first step is to choose a college or university. But this can be an overwhelming task, especially considering the rising cost of education. Trade schools, also known as vocational schools, offer specialized programs for those who want to dive headlong into a new career. And they may even have benefits that outweigh those of a four-year college.
It's a unique time for trade schools. With the economy still recovering, there is a shortage of skilled labor and an increase in the number of middle-skill jobs available -- jobs that require some training, but not necessarily a four-year degree. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says that middle-skill jobs made up about 45% of U.S. jobs in 2014, and that number will likely hold steady through 2015. Middle-skill jobs can be found in a wide range of industries, including.