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From history to practicality, Tennessee career education  opportunities run the gamut

Tennessee's motto is "Agriculture and Commerce," which accurately reflects its economy. Attending a Tennessee university, college or trade school provides excellent educational opportunities combined with the benefits of living in a charming, often rural, state. At the crossroads of the South, Tennessee's economy is driven by agriculture, manufacturing and tourism.

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Top 5 employment sectors in Tennessee

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the average, annual salary for all occupations in Tennessee was $38,330 with a corresponding hourly wage of $18.43 as of May, 2010. While The Volunteer State may not see the highest wages in the land, you'll likely find a more friendly culture than those in the bustling cities of the Northeast and West Coast.

For 2010 in Tennessee, these were the top five employment sectors, their average, annual salaries and hourly wages:

  1. Office administration and support: average annual salary, $30,800; hourly wage, $14.81. Studying office administration, business or office technology prepares you to perform administrative work in corporate, business and manufacturing settings.

  2. Sales and related occupations: average annual salary, $32,670; hourly wage, $15.71. Tennessee career schools and colleges offer degrees in marketing, business, psychology and graphic design. These degree programs are useful for careers in sales, marketing and advertising. Combine your retail experience with career education for building a sales and marketing career.

  3. Transport and material moving occupations: average annual salary, $30,240, hourly wage, $14.54. If the open road is right up your alley, a career in long-haul trucking or other transportation services can be yours by atteding Tennessee trade schools, where you can prepare for licensing or certification.

  4. Tennessee production jobs: average annual salary, $31,620; hourly wage, $$15.20. The state's primary industrial products include chemicals, plastics, rubber and transportation equipment. Earning your college degree in production management, physical sciences, chemistry or engineering offers a gateway to jobs in industry and manufacturing.

  5. Health care practitioners and technicians: average annual salary, $61,470; hourly wage, $29.55. Tennessee colleges, universities and technical schools offer degree programs ranging from medical professionals, such as doctors and nurses to allied health care fields, such as imaging technicians, medical assistants, dental assistants and hygienists.

Flexible options, such as online degree programs, fast-track, campus-based programs and traditional campus-based, degree programs are available through dozens of Tennessee colleges and career schools. Online learning provides scheduling flexibility designed for accommodating a busy home and work life.

Tennessee treasures: From Graceland to Great Smokey Mountains National Park

Famous for Elvis Presley's home, Memphis blues and Nashville country music, Tennessee's musical heritage is surpassed only by its natural beauty. According to the Tennessess Facts and Trivia page at 50 States, Great Smokey Mountains National Park is the most visited of U.S. National Parks. Brilliant fall foliage provides ample photo opportunities and unforgettable scenery.

Tennessee's rich history began with the Native Americans. The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore commemorates a Cherokee silversmith who developed an alphabet for the Cherokee language; this led to Cherokee becoming the first written Native American language. It also includes contributions by countless African-Americans and critical, historical events, including more than three dozen Civil War battles and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

Contact Tennessee schools to learn more about career education programs. Admissions and financial aid counselors can provide degree program information, transfer requirements and assist you with student financial aid eligibility and applications.

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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