Colleges and Trade Schools in Chicago

Chicago Trade SchoolsYou're getting ready to graduate from high school and the search is on for colleges and trade schools in Chicago. You're considering and weighing all of your options. You're excited to get started on your journey toward your highly-anticipated future and this much-awaited moment.

Or maybe you've put off furthering your education for the last time and you're ready to get started now. No matter where you are starting from, nothing should deter you from achieving your goals. And finding the right school can be your first step. Take a look through the great program options listed below or find a school quickly and easily using the zip-code search tool!

Read: Why Chicago is a Great City for Post-Secondary Training

Featured Schools

The Illinois Institute of Art

  • Advertising
  • Audio Production
  • Baking & Pastry
  • Culinary Arts
  • Culinary Management
  • Digital Filmmaking & Video Production
  • Digital Photography
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Marketing & Management
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Game Art & Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Hospitality Management
  • Illustration & Design
  • Interior Design
  • Media Arts & Animation
  • Professional Baking & Pastry

Cortiva Institute

  • Professional Massage Therapy

Coyne College

  • Electrical Construction and Maintenance
  • Electrical Construction and Planning
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing & Coding Specialist
  • Pharmacy Technician

Universal Technical Institute

  • Automotive Technology
  • Diesel & Industrial Technology

Why Chicago is a Great City for Post-Secondary Training

If you've lived in Chicago your whole life you probably already know what makes it a great city. Chicago has character. Chicago has class. Chicago has style. And, Chicago has history. It's is also the third largest city in the entire country.

Higher education programs and opportunities in Chicago include a plentiful choice of post-secondary schools, ranging from universities to technical and trade schools to career colleges.

Convenient Transportation Options

When you're a college student in Chicago, chances are good that you're living on a budget while you work through school. One of the many perks of attending university, college, or trade school in this city is that the public transit system is geared for convenience.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers buses and trains that run throughout the city for reasonable rates. Plus, some schools offer the option of a "U-Pass,"* which allows students to catch a CTA bus or train to and from wherever they want, whenever they want. This can make traveling a breeze for college students. It's easy and it's affordable—two perks that every college student both wants and needs.

The Future is Bright for an Education and Career in Chicago

According to the 2012 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Chicago market figures, which includes 800 occupations and 22 major employment sectors, the future looks bright for a career in Chicago. And, according to the same source, non-farm employment in Chicago showed a growth of 0.8% between 2013 and 2014.

Here's what some of the top earners in the following sectors are making:**

  • Legal - $110,060
  • Management - $107, 830
  • Computer and Mathematical - $79, 130
  • Engineering and Architecture - $74, 930
  • Healthcare: Technical and Practitioners - $74, 800
  • Social, Physical, and Life Science - $72, 890
  • Business and Financial - $72, 880
  • Construction and Extraction - $56, 820
  • Education and Library - $56,670
  • Arts, Design, Media and Entertainment - $52,000
  • Community and Social Services - $48, 100
  • Repair, Installation, and Maintenance - $47, 540
  • Protective Service - $45, 280
  • Healthcare Support - $27,640

And here's a sampling of some of the top paying careers, and the average salary they bring in:**

  • Marketing Managers - $113,000
  • Human Resources Managers - $105,840
  • Medical and Health Services Managers - $100,420
  • Construction Managers - $93,340
  • Software System Developers - $92,430
  • Personal Financial Advisors - $85,500
  • Art Directors - $79,640

For those with a focus on creativity, Chicago can also provide some unique opportunities. With constant activity in the fashion, music, theater, and culinary industries, it can truly offer a lot to someone interested in studying to join a creative profession.***

If you're ready to get in on the action, search for colleges and trade schools in Chicago right now and request free information from the ones that interest you!

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Chicago Area Employment, website last accessed June 11, 2014.

* ChicagoLoopster, Tips for Living in Chicago, website last accessed May 20, 2016.

** BizJournals, Pay in Market, website last accessed May 20, 2016.

*** City of Chicago, Chicago's Creative Industries, website last accessed May 20, 2016.