Trading Off: Comparing Trade School and College

For many people it’s been tough finding a job. The most traditional way, for education, in the past has been by attaining a liberal arts or business degree but the vast majority of jobs lost in the most recent economic downturn were in these sectors. An estimated 7.9 million jobs were lost since 2008 when everything tanked, reported MSN. The unemployment rate is still hovering around 9 percent and isn’t likely to climb back up for a while. There has been some job grown in retail sectors but this industry doesn’t require much education and therefore doesn’t offer much in the way benefits or livable wages. Many are seeking more stable and secure employment in the medical field.

Even though the job market is beginning to turn around, there are still many people presently out of work. There simply aren’t an adequate number of jobs to meet the demand, and the jobs out there don’t even come close to the supposed 40,000 a year salary that is purported to be the mean average. With so many retail and service jobs being the only avenue, people can’t afford to go this route. You can’t pay a mortgage on minimum or near minimum wage. Until the market gets better and there’s more growth in the business sector, people will keep going back to school and getting higher education to make themselves better candidates for better jobs.

The medical field is one area that, during the downturn, saw little job loss. In fact, it saw massive job growth. This type of job security and excellent pay has prompted many to either return to trade school institutions or bypass universities for a careers in various industries, such as radiology technician and nursing. People who decide to invest in trade schools don’t have the type of diverse education found on the university level, but in an industry wrought with instability, diversity in education is a luxury that doesn’t pay the bills.

Trade schools perform the advertised function and teach you all of the facets of a specific vocation to prepare you for immediate employment. While promising good pay and benefits, trade schools also cost a fraction of the price of most universities. Trade schools are a great way to go for those seeking gainful and worthwhile employment. It depends on the individual, but this seems to be a no brainer.

3 Responses to Trading Off: Comparing Trade School and College
  1. Matthew Polo
    July 19, 2011 | 12:38 am

    I think that it all depends on where you want your career to go. Universities and colleges seem to focus more on the theory behind jobs where as trade schools obviously focus on the practical. If you wanted to be an electrician for example, you could get an electrical engineering degree from a college or go to a trade school. The degree would still allow you to work as an electrician as well as that of an engineer. However you would only be qualified to work as an electrician from a trade school. If you only wanted to be an electrician, then the trade school would be the smarter option. But if not then you probably would be better going the extra mile to get a degree, at least in my opinion.

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