Many high school students are pushed in the direction of a four-year college. However, many students do not feel that college is the right choice for them. You may also feel this way. Maybe you are undecided on what you want to pursue in the future. Or maybe you want to go a less “traditional route”. If this is the case, then vocational education may be the choice for you.
What Is a Vocational School?
A vocational school is a type of the secondary or postsecondary education that trains students for a specific job or line of work. Vocational education prepares students for careers that are more hands-on such as healthcare, mechanical, or technical work.
Vocational Schools vs. Colleges and Universities
Deciding between a four-year program or a vocational school is ultimately up to you and your interests. Both choices have their pros and cons.
For many white-collar or corporate positions, a bachelor’s degree is more or less mandatory. A four-year degree has some real potential in the job market. However, a bachelor’s degree does come with a high price tag on it.
Bachelor’s degree holders to tend to make more over the course of a lifetime than those who did not graduate from college. However, 40% of student who started a four-year college did not graduate, and the drop out rate continues to climb as well as the student loan debt. Finding a job right out of college can also be difficult especially depending on the economy.
In comparison, vocational schools cost significantly less than a college or university. A vocational school can make job placement quick and easy for its students. Furthermore, vocational graduates are more prepared for their careers as a result of hands-on training.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate among those with an associate degree or some college was around 3.5% in 2018. Moreover, those in the labor and IT fields were seeing high employment rates. Between 1999 and 2014 vocational school students increased from 9.6 million to 16 million, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Is Vocational School a Good Option?
A major misconception is that you need to have a four-year degree to make a decent living. However, a vocational education can lead to a better career and salary. Furthermore, these skills mean job security and even careers that are recession proof.
Where salary is concerned, some vocational careers out pay many four-year degrees. Students in Washington state graduating from Perry Technical Institute earn $8,000 more per year compared to its neighboring university, according to Popular Mechanics.
Should You Go to Vocational School?
Vocational skills are always going to be in demand. More and more people turn to the trades when recessions hit the economy. Additionally, vocational school are much more affordable than a four-year institution and financial aid can be used for many vocational institutions. If you are unsure of your decision look at the school of your choices course catalog to see if anything catches your attention.
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