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Career and Technical Training in Tennessee

Career Colleges, Technical Schools, and Universities in Tennessee

Looking for a technical school. Find a catalogue of Tennessee's career schools and colleges, and job-related training programs in Tennessee Each program from a Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

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

Tennessee Career-Focused Degree Programs

Tennessee offers a wide variety of public and private educational instutitions for degree earners. You can find a wealth of training programs, technical education, and undergraduate and graduate degrees for those who want to further their employment horizons.

Tennessee Colleges, Universities and Career Schools

Earning a college degree from one of the Tennessee schools and colleges could open the door to a brighter horizon. A 2011 report from the Better Business Bureau found a direct correlation between educational attainment and average weekly income. There was also a correlation between higher degree attainment and lower unemployment rates. Tennessee colleges and universities could help pave the way to a better paycheck and even to improved job security.

Tennessee universities and colleges

The University of Tennessee college system has five large campuses in Knoxville, Memphis, Tullahoma, Chattanooga and Martin with an overall student population of 38,663 undergrads and 10,893 graduate students in 2011, according to the university system website. The College Board reported an annual tuition of $8,456 per year for in-state students in 2011. Other large and notable universities include the University of Memphis, Austin Peay State University in Clarksville and Tennessee State University in Nashville.

Vanderbilt University in Nashville is a well-known private college with an undergraduate population of 6,879 and a graduate population of 5,835 in 2011, according to The College Board. Tuition for one year was $41,996 for either in-state or out-of-state students, making it the most expensive institution of higher education in the state. In 2010, 33 percent of all college-bound Tennessee seniors who took the SAT had their scores reported to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville for possible admission consideration, according to an annual report by The College Board. Twenty-five percent of seniors reported their scores to Vanderbilt University. Other popular options for high school seniors included the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Middle Tennessee State University, and Belmont University.

Tennessee offers numerous two-year state colleges and career training programs that could lead to a certificate, diploma or associate degree. Columbia State Community College holds the distinction of having the most affordable in-state college tuition in Tennessee at $2,605 per semester, according to Other two-year Tennessee trade schools include Nashville State Community College, Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin and Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, among many others.

What to expect from the labor market in Tennessee

Tennessee is home to many booming industries, including eight Fortune 500 companies. International Paper, Dollar General, Community Health Systems, AutoZone and shipping behemoth FedEx are all headquartered in the Volunteer State. Job growth is expected to be good especially in the fields of health care and communications, 2008-2018, according to Projections Central. Jobs occupations expected to have some of the highest percentage of growth include those for:

  1. Biomedical engineers
  2. Home health aides
  3. Network systems and data communications analysts
  4. Medical scientists, expect epidemiologists
  5. Commercial pilots

Those in the services industry should see the highest number of overall job openings. Occupations for cashiers, waiters and waitresses, retail salespeople and customer service representatives are expected to have some of the largest growth in annual job openings, 2008-2018. Tennessee ranked first in cost of living during the third quarter of 2011, according to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a mean annual income of $38,330 for Tennessee in 2010. As an added incentive for those considering employment in Tennessee, the state does not collect personal income tax.

Author: Shannon Dauphin

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