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Minnesota Trades and Careers Degrees

Trades and Careers Degrees: Minnesota Career Colleges

Career Colleges:Minnesota Trades and Careers Degrees

Looking for accredited career colleges, technical schools, and universities in Minnesota offering Trades and Careers degrees.

Trade schools prepare students for jobs in construction, electricians, carpenters as well as mechanics.

Minnesota colleges and universities offer programs for a wide variety of disciplines, but if you are interested in anything mining or technology related, this is the place to go. Just look at the multinational 3M Corporation (Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing) to get a better understanding of why this is. Over the years, Minnesota has proven time and time again that it is a leader in the world of science, engineering, and industry (no disrespect to Detroit, Michigan). The state invests a great deal of resources to make sure that college students have access to some of the best facilities in the world.

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Career Colleges: Minnesota Trades and Careers Programs

Tech is the future: degrees in engineering and technical trades

It sure seems like the future will belong to professionals with a strong educational background in booming, recession-resistant fields, such as medicine, technology and engineering. The latter is a broad industry that includes professionals such as nuclear engineers, drafters, electromechanical equipment assemblers, surveyors and mechanics.

Traditional career training for engineers usually includes a bachelor's degree in a discipline, such as civil, environmental, mechanical electrical or computer engineering. Many colleges also offer related minors and majors in military science, aeronautics and aerospace studies.

At four-year colleges, students usually take classes, such as:

  • electronics
  • computers
  • circuits
  • electromagnetic fields
  • power systems
  • controls, communications and signal processing
  • solid state materials and devices

From entry-level throughout a career, earnings for engineers are some of the best on the market.

Show me the money: earnings for graduates of trade schools and engineering colleges

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following professions earned the following mean annual wages, as of April 2011:

  • $82,280 for civil engineers
  • $83,160 for environmental engineers
  • $82,480 for mechanical engineers
  • $101,600 for computer engineers

If a four-year degree sounds like too much of a commitment, trade schools can offer quicker entry into the field, albeit at a different professional level. With approximately two years of education, highly skilled tradesmen and women can earn handsome salaries in fields that include aircraft mechanics, automotive technology and surveying.

According to the BLS, in April 2011, these trade technicians earned the following mean, annual wages:

  • electro-mechanical technicians, $51,160
  • avionics technicians, $52,050
  • motorcycle mechanics, $33,950
  • industrial machinery mechanics, $47,100
  • medical equipment repairers, $46,380

Whether you're good with your hands, good with numbers or both, a career or craft that involves the manufacture, operations or systematization of one of the many machines that make up modern life can offer a promising future earnings. Get going with your goals today!

Author: Judy Jenner

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