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Trade Schools in TexasCreate your future in a state that values big ambitions.

Texas trade schools and colleges help students benefit from focused training for some of the region's most reliable and appealing industries. They are well-located to help people to take advantage of this state's increasing number of quality opportunities.

Texas is becoming well-known as a place where aspiring and skilled professionals can live very affordably while enjoying an excellent quality of life. Whether in small towns or energetic cities, the state's residents take pride in their friendly and welcoming communities. That's another part of what makes colleges in Texas such compelling options for enthusiastic students.

So turn your goals into action right now by exploring the following vocational and technical schools. In Texas, your aspirations can become reality sooner than you might imagine.

6 Big Job Sectors in Texas to Consider Training For


Featured School
The Art Institutes
The Art Institutes


The Art Institutes

6 Texas Schools
  • Austin
  • Dallas
  • Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • Houston - North
  • San Antonio
  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Audio Production
  • Culinary Arts
  • Culinary Management
  • Digital Film
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Game Design & Programming
  • Graphic & Web Design
  • Interior Design
  • Photography
  • Special Effects


Featured School
Kaplan College
Kaplan College


KAPLAN COLLEGE

11 Texas Campuses
  • Arlington
  • Beaumont
  • Brownsville
  • Corpus Christi
  • Dallas
  • El Paso
  • Fort Worth
  • Laredo
  • Lubbock
  • McAllen
  • San Antonio
  • Business
  • Computer Technology
  • Health Care
  • Legal & Criminal Justice
  • Skilled Trades

Featured Schools

Kaplan College

11 Texas Campuses
  • Arlington
  • Beaumont
  • Brownsville
  • Corpus Christi
  • Dallas
  • El Paso
  • Fort Worth
  • Laredo
  • Lubbock
  • McAllen
  • San Antonio
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Networking Technology
  • Computer Support Technician
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dental Assistant
  • Electrical Technician
  • General Practice Paralegal
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Medical Practice Management
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy/EKG Technician
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Vocational Nursing
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    Texas School of Business

  • Friendswood
  • Houston North Campus
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Patient Care Technician
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    The Art Institutes

  • Austin
  • Dallas
  • Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • Houston - North
  • San Antonio
  • Advertising
  • Advertising Design
  • Audio Production
  • Baking & Pastry
  • Culinary Arts
  • Culinary Management
  • Design & Technical Graphics
  • Digital Filmmaking & Video Production
  • Digital Image Management
  • Digital Photography
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Marketing & Management
  • Fashion & Retail Management
  • Fashion Retailing
  • Food & Beverage Management
  • Game Art & Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Graphic & Web Design
  • Hospitality Management
  • Interior Design
  • Media Arts & Animation
  • Restaurant & Catering Management
  • Visual Effects & Motion Graphics
  • Web Design & Development
  • Web Design & Interactive Communications
  • Web Design & Interactive Media
  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

  • Austin
  • Dallas
  • Culinary Arts
  • Pâtisserie and Baking
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    Sanford-Brown

  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • San Antonio
  • Allied Health
  • Anesthesia Technology
  • Animation Technology
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Cardiovascular Sonography
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Dialysis Technology
  • Fashion Design and Merchandising
  • Graphic Design
  • Information Technology
  • Internet Marketing
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Retail Merchandise Management
  • Surgical Technology
  • Web Design and Development
  • Parker University

  • Dallas
  • Diagnostic Sonography
  • Massage Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Radiologic Technology
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    Golf Academy of America

  • Dallas
    • Golf Complex Operations and Management:
      • General Management
      • Golf Professional

     

    Southern Careers Institute

    6 Texas Locations
    • Austin
    • Brownsville
    • Corpus Christi
    • Harlingen
    • Pharr
    • San Antonio
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Business Accounting Specialist
  • Business Administration Assistant
  • Cosmetology
  • HVAC
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Pharmacy Technician
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    Fortis College

  • Houston South
  • HVACR
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Surgical Technologist
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    Fortis Institute

  • Grand Prairie
  • Houston North
  • Dental Assistant
  • HVAC
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Surgical Technologist
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    American InterContinental University

  • Houston
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Healthcare Management
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    Brown Mackie College

  • Dallas/Ft. Worth
  • San Antonio
  • Biomedical Equipment Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Computer Networking
  • Criminal Justice
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Care Management
  • Information Technology
  • Medical Assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Surgical Technology
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    Vista College

    7 Texas Campuses
    • Amarillo
    • Beaumont
    • College Station
    • El Paso
    • Killeen
    • Longview
    • Lubbock
    • Business Administration
    • Business Management:
      • Accounting
      • Human Resources
    • Construction Management
    • Construction Technology
    • Cosmetology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Dental Assistant
    • Electrical Mechanics
    • HVAC
    • Information Technology
    • Massage Therapy
    • Medical Assisting
    • Medical Insurance Billing and Coding
    • Medical Lab Technician
    • Paralegal
    • Patient Care Technician
    • Trades Management:
      • Electrical Mechanics
      • HVAC
    • Veterinary Technician
    • Vocational Nurse

     

    Concorde Career Colleges

  • Dallas
  • Grand Prairie
  • San Antonio
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Neurodiagnostic Technology
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Surgical Technology
  • Vocational Nursing
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    South Texas Vocational Technical Institute

    5 Texas Locations
    • Brownsville
    • Corpus Christi
    • McAllen
    • San Antonio
    • Weslaco
  • Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Combination Welding
  • Computer Accounting Specialist
  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Administrative Assisting Technology
  • Medical Assisting
  • Professional Massage Therapy
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    Arlington Career Institute

  • Grand Prairie
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Court Reporting
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Paralegal/Legal Assistant
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    MIAT Institute of Technology

  • Houston
  • Energy Technician
  • Global Logistics and Dispatch
  • HVACR Technician
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    Milan Institute

  • Amarillo
  • San Antonio (Ingram Park)
  • Accounting
  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Computer & Network Technician
  • Cosmetology
  • Dental Assistant
  • Esthetician
  • Manicurist
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assisting
  • Pharmacy Technician
  •  

    Milan Institute of Cosmetology

  • Amarillo
  • El Paso
  • San Antonio
  • Cosmetology
  • Esthetician
  • Manicurist
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    Lincoln College of Technology

  • Grand Prairie
  • Automotive Technology
  • CNC Machining and Manufacturing
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing
  • Diesel Technology
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Welding Technology
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    West Coast University

  • Dallas
  • LVN to BSN
  • Nursing
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    The College of Health Care Professions

    5 Texas Locations
    • Austin
    • Dallas
    • Fort Worth
    • Houston
    • San Antonio
  • Dental Assistant
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Limited Medical Radiologic Technologist
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Coding and Billing - Health Information Technology
  • Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Phlebotomy
  • Sterile Processing
  • Surgical Technologist
  •  

    Carrington College

  • Mesquite
  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  •  

    Virginia College

  • Austin
  • Lubbock
  • Business Administration
  • Business Office Specialist
  • Cosmetology
  • Customer Service Professional
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Medical Office Management
  • Network Technician
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Sales Professional
  • Surgical Technology
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    Remington College

  • Dallas (Garland)
  • Fort Worth
  • Houston (Westchase)
  • Houston Southeast (Webster)
  • North Houston (Greenspoint)
  • Business Administration
  • Business Office Management
  • Computer and Network Administration
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dental Assisting
  • Digital Graphic Arts
  • Electronic Technology
  • Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Assisting with X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope)
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Process Technology
  •  

    DeVry University

    7 Texas Locations
    • Austin
    • Ft. Worth
    • Houston
    • Houston (Galleria)
    • Irving (Dallas)
    • Mesquite
    • San Antonio
  • Accounting
  • Biomedical Engineering Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Electronics and Computer Technology
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Game and Simulation Programming
  • Health Information Technology
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Justice Administration
  • Management
  • Multimedia Design & Development
  • Network and Communications Management
  • Network Systems Administration
  • Technical Management
  • Web Graphic Design
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    National Personal Training Institute

  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Personal Training
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    ITT Technical Institute

    9 Texas Campuses
    • Arlington (Fort Worth)
    • Austin
    • DeSoto (South Dallas)
    • Houston North (North Freeway)
    • Houston South (Webster)
    • Houston West (South Gessner)
    • Richardson (Dallas)
    • San Antonio
    • Waco
    • Accounting
    • Business Management
    • Drafting and Design Technology
    • Electrical Engineering and Communications Technology
    • Electrical Engineering Technology
    • Industrial Engineering Technology
    • Information Systems and Cybersecurity
    • Medical Assisting and Administration
    • Network Systems Administration
    • Project Management and Administration:
      • Construction
      • Information Technology
    • Software Development

     

    Universal Technical Institute

  • Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • Automotive Technology
  • Collision Repair & Refinish Technology
  • Diesel & Industrial Technology
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    South University

  • Austin
  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Healthcare Management
  • Information Technology
  • Legal Studies
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Psychology
  •  

    Steiner Institute of Esthetics

  • Dallas
  • Professional Esthetics


  • 6 Big Job Sectors in Texas to Consider Training For

    Texas isn't just big geographically. It also has one of America's largest and best performing economies. In fact, in 2013, this state ranked number one in job growth with more than 252,000 new openings across an impressive variety of industries. And that's just a fraction of the 1.62 million jobs created in the prior ten years.*

    With so many new opportunities being generated for Texans, it's not surprising that a lot of Americans are choosing to move to this region. From 2010 to 2011 alone, Texas gained about 421,000 new residents—more than any other state.** And in the decade leading up to that, the state's population expanded by more than 20 percent (compared to just under 10 percent for the whole nation).***

    But something else that makes Texas so attractive to career-minded people is that it has no personal state income tax. Workers get to keep more of their paychecks, especially in cities like Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and El Paso, which all have a cost of living that is below the nationwide average. It's just one of many reasons why the state ranks number two in America for the size of its workforce and number one for the volume of its exports.*

    So, will you become a successful contributor in a state that has more than 25 million residents and continues to grow rapidly?**** Here are six of the best sectors to explore while planning for your future in Texas:

    1. Health Services

    One of the side effects of Texas' fast-growing population is that it increases the demand for healthcare services. But that is good news for anyone who aspires to have a meaningful, stable, and good-paying career. Across almost the whole state—but especially in the Alamo, Gulf Coast, and Central and South Texas regions—the health sector is increasing in size.** Take a look at a few facts that stand out:

    • In 2008, only about 10 percent of Texans were at the age of 65 or above. However, by 2040, nearly 18 percent of the state's residents could be in that age group.†
    • Registered nurses (RNs) are especially essential to the healthcare system. In 2000, just over 15 percent of Texas RNs were aged 55 or older. But by 2009, that number had risen to 26.4 percent.† Due to coming retirements and population increases, more than 50,000 new RN jobs are projected to be created within the state between 2010 and 2020.‡
    • As a result of these various trends, a shortage of healthcare professionals is expected in Texas—but not just within the nursing field. All kinds of medical technologists and health support specialists will be needed to fill the rising demand. As just one example of this situation being played out in recent years, the state's home healthcare sector grew by about 21,700 job openings in 2011 alone.‡
    • America's largest medical center is located in Houston. The Texas Medical Center is home to 54 health institutions, including 14 hospitals. In total, about 106,000 people are employed in the center, making it one of the world's biggest concentrations of medical pros and health experts.*

    2. Energy Production and the Skilled Trades

    Texas is one of America's biggest energy-producing states. In fact, it's the leader in crude oil production and refining as well as installed wind power capacity.* It even has its own energy grid. Plus, natural gas extraction is on the rise, which is expected to support almost 68,000 full-time workers by 2020.**

    It all equates to a lot of opportunities for people with qualifications in trades like welding, electrical technology, and diesel and industrial repair. Yet many other skilled tradespeople in Texas—such as HVAC technicians and machinists—also benefit from the state's active construction and manufacturing sectors. Check out these facts:

    • In 2011 alone, employment in the state's construction industry grew by more than 27,000 workers. And about 20,700 jobs were added in manufacturing.‡
    • Texas' manufacturing industries employ more than 874,000 people who enjoy average yearly pay of $71,500.*

    3. Recreation, Tourism, and Culinary Services

    With over 600 miles of coastline, close to 1,000 museums, and countless ways to enjoy nature or cultural entertainment, Texas has become the third-most popular state to visit in America.* In fact, the region's tourism industry supports more than 600,000 jobs, including in fields as diverse as golf course management and culinary management.†† Here are some other interesting facts:

    • More than 41,000 new jobs were created in Texas' leisure and hospitality sector during 2011.‡
    • As of 2014, the Texas restaurant industry employs more than 1.1 million people at over 40,000 establishments.††
    • Between 2014 and 2024, employment of restaurant workers in Texas is projected to rise by more than 15 percent.††

    4. Technology and Digital Media

    Creative and information-based technologies provide the basis for a lot of design and computer-related employment in Texas. The numbers are impressive:

    • About 196,000 Texans are employed in the state's technology sector, which is made up of more than 15,000 companies.*
    • The average yearly salary for technology workers in Texas is over $96,700.*
    • Consisting of more than 13,600 skilled professionals, this state's video and computer game design workforce is the second-largest in the country. They're employed by almost 160 digital gaming companies.*
    • From about 2003 to 2013, employment in Texas' computer systems design industry increased by 60 percent.*
    • About 17 percent of the state's information technology workers are employed by the data hosting and processing industry.*

    5. Business, Finance, and Legal Services

    The State of Texas is known throughout the U.S. for maintaining a strong legal and criminal justice system. So professionals with training in that field can discover plenty of solid opportunities. But Texas also places a big emphasis on supporting the business and financial sector.

    In fact, the state has no corporate income tax. That means many top companies are drawn to the state, and they create new jobs. Already, more than 50 Fortune 500 companies do business in Texas.* And in 2011 alone, more than 53,000 new jobs were generated for people in the business and professional services category. In the financial sector, more than 631,000 jobs were created.‡

    6. Aviation and Aerospace

    NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston consistently ranks as one of this state's top attractions. But many people don't realize that several other areas of Texas also have well-developed aerospace and aviation industries. About 153,000 Texans are employed in this sector, and their average annual pay is close to $81,000.*



    * Texas Economic Development Corporation, website last visited on October 22, 2014.

    ** Texas Workforce Commission, website last visited on October 22, 2014.

    *** SABER Research Institute, Texas Population Growth, Projections, and Implications, document accessed online on October 22, 2014.

    **** U.S. Census Bureau, website last visited on October 22, 2014.

    Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council, website last visited on October 22, 2014.

    The Texas Economy, Texas Comptroller's Office, website last visited on October 22, 2014.

    †† Texas Tourism, website last visited on October 22, 2014.