Trade schools offer career training programs in a wide variety of fields such as skilled trades, health care, business, automotive schooling and culinary arts. Other career fields with training in trade schools include arts and design, media and digital arts, beauty and cosmetology, legal and criminal justice, and technology.
Under each of these broad categories, trade schools, also known as vocational schools, offer training programs for specific career paths. Some of the most popular programs are for career paths in medical billing, massage therapy, event planning, auto mechanics and phlebotomy. Other popular programs include radiology, travel and hospitality, electric, surgical tech and physical therapy assistance.
Business programs at trade schools can include specialization in areas such as accounting, management, and advertising, as well as graphic communication and design. Technical training programs range from information technology and software development to electrical engineering and construction. In the medical field, trade schools provide programs towards degrees in nursing, dental hygiene and pharmacy, with training also available for medical and vet technicians. Legal and criminal justice programs can prepare candidates for paralegal or criminal investigation careers.
Many vocational schools provide comprehensive lists of degree programs. Depending on the field of study, course work leads typically to either a bachelor's or associate degree. In some cases, it is possible to receive a vocational program degree online.