What Is A Trade School?

Have you heard of Trade Schools as another path after high school? Trade schools are a great place to learn skills directly related to a specific field.


Trade schools, also known as vocational schools or technical schools develop skills for students to enter directly into the workforce in a specific field.

  • You’ll spend less time taking courses in unrelated subjects
  • Program lengths can vary from 10 weeks to 2 years
  • If you start a program right after high school, you will enter the workforce earlier with experience and training
  • The class sizes are smaller and you will have hands-on training

Keep in mind, the credits at trade schools typically do not transfer to a community college or a university. Also, at the end of a trade program, you get a certificate in the field you studied, but not a degree.

The minimum age to enter a trade program is 16, but only if the program coincides with a high school program. This is because most trade programs require a high school diploma or a GED.

There is a lot of job security in trade fields because it is hard to export jobs that require a physical presence. Some potential jobs are: cosmetology, carpentry, plumbing, electrician, mechanic, or dental hygienist. We also have a list of the  Top 10 Trade Jobs in the U.S. Currently, there is increasing demand and opportunity for young workers in these jobs because so many people are retiring from trade jobs.

Some things to consider when looking at Trade Schools and their programs are: