Minnesota Trade Schools & Colleges

Minnesota Trade Schools and CollegesMinnesota trade schools and colleges provide opportunities to train for vibrant career sectors in a region that offers something for everyone, from city dwellers to nature enthusiasts.

After all, Minnesota comprises so much more than its many lakes and diverse open spaces, which range from prairies and grasslands to rich forests. The state is also home to lively urban settings, including the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area. And that kind of diversity produces real vocational possibilities. It's why going to school here can lead to a stable, successful, and satisfying professional life.

So brighten your career outlook by checking out the broad array of programs offered by colleges and trade schools in Minnesota. Enter your zip code in the search tool to find options near you!

5 Robust Vocational Sectors in Minnesota With Job Growth Opportunities



Featured Schools

Rasmussen College

8 Minnesota Locations
  • Blaine
  • Bloomington
  • Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove
  • Eagan
  • Lake Elmo/Woodbury
  • Mankato
  • Moorhead
  • St. Cloud
  • Accelerated Accounting
  • Accelerated Business Management
  • Accelerated Computer Science
  • Accelerated Early Childhood Education Leadership
  • Accelerated Finance
  • Accelerated Health and Wellness
  • Accelerated Human Resources and Organizational Leadership
  • Accelerated Human Services
  • Accelerated Marketing
  • Accelerated Supply Chain Management
  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
    • Child Development
    • Special Needs
  • Graphic Design
    • Animation and Motion Graphics Specialization
    • Web and Interactive Design Specialization
  • Health Information Management
  • Health Information Technician
  • Health Science
  • Human Resources and Organizational Leadership
  • Human Services
  • Information Security
  • Information Technology Management
    • Computer Information Technology
    • Network Administration
    • Network Security
  • Law Enforcement Academics
  • Law Enforcement Skills
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Paralegal
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Software Application Development
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Web Programming


National American University

  • Bloomington
  • Roseville
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration Emphasis in
    • Accounting
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Financial Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Information Systems
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Pre-Law
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Business Logistics
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Criminal Justice
  • Electronic Health Record Support Specialist
  • Health and Beauty Management
  • Health Care Management
  • Health Information Technology
  • Healthcare Coding
  • Information Technology Emphasis in
    • Computer Security and Forensics
    • Internet Systems Development
    • Management Information Systems
    • Network Management/Microsoft
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Staff Services Management
  • Network and Server Administrator
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Small Business Management
  • Therapeutic Massage


Empire Beauty Schools

  • Bloomington
  • Spring Lake Park
  • Cosmetology
  • Esthetics



5 Robust Vocational Sectors in Minnesota With Job Growth Opportunities

Trade Schools and Colleges in MinnesotaMinnesota technical colleges and trade schools offer several educational programs that help career seekers prepare to take advantage of growth in a variety of job sectors, which is likely to be high for years to come.

In fact, between 2012 and 2022, more than 900,000 job openings could become available in Minnesota.* And they won't just be in popular areas such as business, criminal justice, or personal services.

Here are a few additional sectors where you might encounter strong job growth:

1. Health Care

Employment within Minnesota's health and social assistance sector is expected to increase by nearly 23 percent from 2012 to 2022.* Reasons for that projected growth include the state's rising population of seniors as well as major new projects within the sector.

For example, Minnesota is already home to many health care facilities, including the respected Mayo Clinic Medical Center located in Rochester, which employs more than 30,000 people.** But a new $5.6-billion development project called the Destination Medical Center (DMC) is expected to create up to 45,000 additional jobs in the state between 2015 and 2035.*** The project is intended to make Minnesota a global medical destination. Visitors from all over the world are expected to travel to the state to take advantage of the advanced medical facilities being built as part of the DMC, driving growth not only in health care, but also in everything from construction (and related trades) to hospitality.

Some of the best colleges in Minnesota offer extensive varieties of programs in the health care field, providing training for occupations from front-line caregivers and assistants to behind-the-scenes health care managers, administrators, and office professionals.

2. Technology

To help meet demand for high-tech workers, the state needs a regular supply of qualified people like those graduating from Minnesota technical colleges.

The largest employers in this sector are data centers. About 7,000 people work in more than 350 data centers, which include web-hosting facilities and other related businesses. Most are in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. In fact, the Twin Cities have a top-10 ranking among large metro areas in the U.S. for the number of people who work in data processing. Other cities in Minnesota also benefit from jobs in the tech sector through a host of smaller companies.****

Among the many programs available to students interested in high-tech careers are computer science, web programming, software development, and network systems administration.

3. Culinary Arts and Management

For graduates of culinary arts or culinary management programs, Minneapolis is home to thousands of four- and five-star restaurants in need of people who can prepare Italian, French, Middle Eastern, and German dishes with skill and flair. In fact, a record number of restaurants opened in the Twin Cities metro area in 2014.†

Vocational colleges and trade schools in Minnesota offer many different programs, including not only culinary arts and management, but also more specialized training options in areas such as pastry and baking.

4. Hospitality

Hospitality jobs, including management positions, are also a hot commodity in the Twin Cities, with places like Minnehaha Park, the Salt Cave, and the Basilica of St. Mary attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Large resort hotels often search for graduates of Minnesota trade schools and colleges who have training in hospitality management. The sector is also expected to benefit from visitors who will come for the new Destination Medical Center.

5. Creative Arts and Design

More than 4,200 new jobs could be created between 2012 and 2022 in Minnesota's arts, entertainment, and recreation sector. And that's not counting the many creative individuals such as designers who contribute their professional services to a wide variety of different industries. For example, over that same period, over 1,800 job opportunities could open up for graphic designers, and about 600 openings could become available for multimedia artists, animators, and photographers. Plus, the employment of interior designers and web designers/developers could grow by 5.4 percent and 11.5 percent, respectively.*


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* Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, website last visited on September 18, 2015.

** Mayo Clinic, website last visited on September 11, 2015.

*** Destination Medical Center website last visited on September 18, 2015.

**** Government of Minnesota, website last visited on September 11, 2015.

† Star Tribune, "Boom town: Record number of restaurants open in 2014," website last visited on September 11, 2015.