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Colleges and careers in the cowboy state

Wyoming's wide open spaces represent opportunity: If you're ready to start college or career training, Wyoming colleges, trade and technical school can prepare you for a variety of careers. Ranching and mining are significant drivers of Wyoming's economy, but the state's natural beauty supports a growing tourism industry.

Home to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, and Devil's Tower national monument, Wyoming provides residents and tourists with world-class outdoor recreation activities including fishing, hiking, hunting and camping. Wyoming boasts a rich Native American heritage and its role in the history of the American West have earned it the nicknames of Rodeo state and Cowboy state; Wyoming is also known as the Equality state. Wyoming offers a variety of trade schools, technical schools and colleges, providing degrees and certification in programs ranging from accounting to veterinary technician.

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Wyoming colleges: finding your career path

Wyoming State University is the only four-year university in the state. Founded in 1886 and located in Laramie, it also offers graduate and certificate programs. Wyoming has seven community colleges located in or near Laramie, Cheyenne, Casper, Sheridan, Rock Springs, Riverton and Torrington. Students desiring trade or technical careers can choose from colleges, technical institutes and trade schools, offering online degree and certificate programs in fields including business, computer science, health care, art and design, and trades including electrical, HVAC, plumbing and automotive programs. Students seeking a new learning environment or those who prefer to relocate permanently can achieve educational and career goals in Wyoming.

Wyoming: Mining and tourism top industries

As of May 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports these top five employment sectors for Wyoming:

  • Office administration and support: 37,190 jobs with a mean annual salary of $$31,180 and hourly wage of $14.99
  • Construction and extraction: 32,620 jobs with a mean annual salary of $32,620 and hourly wage of $21.81.
  • Food preparation and service: 23,070 jobs with a mean annual salary of $20,630 and hourly wage of $9.92
  • Sales and related occupations: 22,790 jobs with a mean annual salary of $30,740 and hourly wage of $14.78
  • Education, training and library jobs: 19,160 jobs with a mean annual salary of $47,110 and hourly wage of $27.65.

With an average of five people per square mile, Wyoming provides the perfect contrast to congested city life. Leave traffic, air pollution and crowds behind and start training for your next career in the state with wide open spaces and wide open career education opportunities. Most Wyoming schools offer options for earning online degrees, or you can combine online and classroom study based on program of study and personal preference.

Financial aid for students attending Wyoming colleges and trade schools

The U.S. Department of Education offers federal grants and student loans for qualified students. Discuss financial aid opportunities with admissions and financial aid counselors at the schools you're considering. Regional and career-specific, financial aid may also be available for qualified students. Verify financial aid eligibility requirements when selecting a degree program and before enrolling in classes.

Author: After working for more than 20 years in mortgage lending and related fields, Karen Lawson completed her BA and MA degrees in English at the University of Nevada. She enjoys writing about higher education and career topics.

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