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Career Colleges, Technical Schools, and Universities in Iowa

Find the perfect Iowa college to help you realize your educational and career goals at one of Iowa colleges, universities, and trade schools. Each program from a Iowa Career College, a post-secondary for-profit institution, offers an education with an in-demand career field. The programs are designed to get you work-ready, equipped with the practical knowledge, and the competence needed to obtain a competitive career in Iowa.

At career colleges in Iowa, you typically don't take general education classes in core subjects such as English and math. Instead, you focus on career-related courses.

Iowa Career-Focused Degree Programs

Located in the American Corn Belt, which forms a fundamental economic and cultural part of the nation's heartland.

Hawkeyed for higher ed: Iowa colleges and universities

Iowa technical schools, career colleges and universities provide potential students with many career training and degree program options. From historic towns nestled beside the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers to busy metropolitan areas, such as Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Sioux City and Waterloo student-residents should find both the great outdoors and social scenes engaging.

From academic to trade, these colleges make the grade

The ""Hawkeye State"" has 37 colleges and universities, three of them are public:

  1. University of Iowa, an esteemed research university with the state's only teaching hospital and one of the nation's most revered writing programs.
  2. Iowa State University, located in the small town of Ames with highly regarded graduate programs in veterinary medicine and engineering.
  3. University of Northern Iowa ranked 16 for Regional Universities (Midwest) by ""U.S. News & World Report.""

Numerous private colleges and universities are available to provide students with more individualized attention than the large public ones. Drake University is made up of six schools and colleges, with notable degree programs in journalism and mass communications and the pharmacy and health sciences, which are all set in the capital setting of Des Moines. Located in Fayette, the Upper Iowa University offers an array of financial aid and scholarships, making degree programs affordable for most students.

Iowa trade schools, community and vocational colleges offer cutting-edge, training programs that focus on accounting, multimedia, computers and IT, dental assisting, nursing, medical and health care.The annual tuition cost of Iowa colleges and universities range from $7,350 per year to more than $39,000 per year.

Iowa technical schools are much less expensive and primarily provide career training. Total enrollment ranges from less than 1,000 to more than 71,789 Iowa college and university students. A number of extracurricular activities are open to students at Iowa colleges and universities, including sports, student government, career-oriented organizations, sororities and fraternities.

Iowa workforce and industry

Network systems analysts, financial examiners, medical scientists and home-health aides lead as Iowa occupations with the fastest growth rate from 2008 to 2018. Health care support careers should show a growth rate of 2.5 percent through 2018, according to Projections Central.

Coming in close behind, these five should lead the pack, as in-demand jobs in Iowa:

  • Computer and mathematical: 2.1 percent
  • Health care practitioners and technical: 2.0 percent
  • Business and financial operations: 1.8 percent
  • Personal care and service: 1.5 percent
  • Community and social services: 1.5 percent

Several of the Hawkeye State's top employers are Principal Life Insurance Company, Deere & Co., Alcoa, AEGON USA Inc., Maytag Appliances and Mercy Hospital Medical Center. In Iowa, chief executives, computer and information systems managers, lawyers and health care practitioners and technical occupations are among the highest paid positions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Iowa leading industries are food processing, manufacturing, agriculture, communications, insurance and health services.

Author: Heather Bieber

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