Common Career Options After Vocational College

Vocational colleges can open doors to thousands of career options for its graduates, from electrician to personal chef to paralegal. The options are virtually endless. Wherever a student may want to be headed, a vocational college can help get them there. However, for those that are unsure where they want to end up, here is a list of the most in-demand career options in the next few years.


The number one most in-demand field to enter after vocational college is nursing. Registered nurse tops the list as the most common career with 1,039,000 projected job openings between 2008 and 2018. Nursing aids, including orderlies and attendants are next on the list with an estimated 422,000 unfilled positions for the same time frame. Finally, there will be a large demand for licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses, to the tune of 391,000 available openings.


If nursing isn’t your thing, don’t give up, there is still hope! Companies are predicted to need about 235,000 computer support specialists in the coming years, and possibly even more with the unpredictable technological advances that have been happening recently.


For the hands-on types who want to work with people- but not necessarily in a medical setting, cosmetology may be the way to go. An estimated 220,000 hairdressers, hairstylists, and makeup artists will be in demand. People are always going to want to look their best!

Repair Specialists

People are always going to need to have their cars fixed as well, which is why there will be around 182,000 automotive service technician and mechanic jobs up for grabs. Anyone who has been toying with the idea of starting up a mechanic business may find that the time to get licensed is now.


Preschool teachers are projected to have 178,000 new colleagues joining their forces in the upcoming years, and that figure does not include special education teachers. Those who enjoy working with children need not spend an extra two years and thousands of dollars getting a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education to become elementary school teachers, since a vocational school will teach all one needs to know to enter this rewarding field.

Other Fields

153,000 insurance agents are just waiting to be hired, along with 136,000 heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians and 128,000 real estate agents. If any of these fields appeal to you, the time to enroll is now! It is almost hard to believe that one could gain entry into any of these exciting careers with only the minimal time and money investment required from a vocational school education, but it’s true. In as little as two years’ time, anyone could be on their way to a fulfilling and successful career in any number of industries, not only those listed above, though those are the most in-demand at the moment. If there was ever any doubt as to the value of a vocational school education, it should be put aside after seeing how rich and numerous are the career options that it provides.