Some of the top vocational careers include nursing, aircraft mechanics, dental hygiene, radiology technology, construction management, firefighting and respiratory therapy. The pay and qualifications for vocational positions varies.
While many people choose to work toward a 4-year college degree after high school, some people decide to pursue vocational training instead. Some vocational programs require 1 to 2 years of schooling while others may require less. In 2012, Forbes listed registered nursing as the top vocational career, with nurses having the potential to earn more than $60,000 each year. The growing field offers more than 100,000 open positions each year.
In 2013, Campus Explorer listed air traffic control as the number one vocational career. The training requirements involve completing a 3-month course as well as on-the-job training to earn a certificate, and controllers can earn more than $100,000 per year. Commercial pilots are required to have a piloting license, and they can earn more than $60,000 each year.
Construction workers, such as supervisors and managers, can earn close to $60,000 annually. Brickmasons, plumbers and pipe fitters generally earn between $40,000 and $50,000 per year. Firefighters can earn between $30,000 and $50,000 each year, with supervisors earning as much as $70,000.