One reality of America is that there are more skilled trade jobs open than there are qualified workers. Trade schools carry an ever-increasing stigma about them that they are of lesser quality, or they’re not worth it because skilled trades don’t provide that strong of a return on investment. Neither of those things are true! There are programs that lead to jobs with steady growth rates and promising salaries. OnlineCollegePlan has ranked the top 30 highest paying trade school jobs and vocational careers and designated a school that offers the program with the best return on investment, or ROI, per field. You can read it here.
The article ranks careers based on the highest salary, from 30 to 1. Schools in the article were not put in any ranking order, but thanks to the research done by the editor of the article, each featured school offers the cheapest program in the field. Due to this, those are the schools offering the best bang for their buck based on projected salary and job growth.
The highest paying career that you can enter with a vocational degree is that of a contractor or construction manager. It pays an average of $87,400 per year. What’s more, in 2016, the BLS reported that there were 7.8 million unemployed Americans and 5.8 million available construction jobs. As the article states, “While not every unemployed American could physically work in construction, those numbers put things into perspective.”
The standout school for those who are aspiring contractors and construction managers is on the list a few times because of the affordability of its programs that are offered entirely online. The estimated cost of attendance for the degree required to do the job is just $789! In the article, you can read about the projected salary and growth about the 30 highest-paying trades, and learn about job responsibilities, and the cheapest program you can do in order to reach that position.
The schools and programs mentioned in the article (in alphabetical order):
- Altierus Career College, Norcross, Ga.
- Ashworth Community College, Norcross, Ga.
- Association of Energy Engineers Energy Auditor Certification Program, Atlanta
- Augusta Technical College, Augusta, Ga.
- Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program, Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Brightwood College, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
- CDA Technical Institute, Jacksonville, Fla.
- Central Georgia Technical College, Macon, Ga.
- Champlain Valley Educational Services, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
- The College for Renewable Energy and Management, Aurora, Colo.
- Downey Adult School, Downey, Calif.
- Hill College, Cleburne, Texas
- Holmes Community College, Goodman, Miss.
- Houston Community College, Houston
- Ivy Tech Community College, Sellersburg, Ind.
- Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City, Mo.
- New Mexico Junior College, Hobbs, N.M.
- Northern Oklahoma College, Tonkawa, Okla.
- Portland Community College, Portland, Ore.
- San Diego State University, San Diego
- Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, Wash.
- South Georgia Technical College, Americus, Ga.
- Southwest Mississippi Community College, Summit, Miss.
- State Fair Community College, Sedalia, Mo.
- Stratford Career Institute, St Albans City, Vt.
- Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt, N.D.