The appeal of technical courses among today’s high school graduates

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Today’s tech companies realize the benefits that young college graduates can bring to their organizations, from their lifelong immersion in technology to their penchant for developing new and exciting innovations.

Many of these graduates receive their education from career colleges, often referred to as technical schools. These colleges specialize in offering hands-on technical training for specific career fields.

In the tech realm, career colleges offer degree programs and certifications in many aspects of the profession, from database administration and I.T. management to software and application development. If you’ve been contemplating a future in the technology field, then your decision to start a career training program early could make you a more attractive candidate for hiring managers.

By following the right degree path through a career college, you could end up with a long-lasting (and high-paying) career in a field you are passionate about.

Three reasons tech courses appeal to recent high school grads
Here are three reasons why technical courses have a strong appeal among today’s newest high school graduates:

  • Rapid change – Technology is changing so quickly, it can be hard to get up to speed on the computers, hand-held devices, apps and other programs popular today. That said, career schools can provide you with knowledge of the latest technology trends around the globe. Plus, you’ve been learning and adapting to technology all your life. It’s like a second first language for you, an advantage those who are older just don’t have.
  • A variety of roles – Coming out of high school, you may not be looking forward to spending another four years in a classroom, like you might with a traditional university program. If you’re looking for a little variety—in school and in a career—technology might be the field for you! Today’s tech jobs will sometimes require you to serve in a variety of roles, from conceptualizing to managing projects and contributing technical skills. You’ll be able to enter the profession with the ability to serve in numerous tech roles.
  • Focused on technology – When you attend a career college, most of your coursework will be focused on what you came to study: a technology-related career path. Four-year colleges and universities require students to complete core undergraduate courses that are not related to technology at all. Career schools are more focused and the training is more geared to your passion.

Join a growing industry!

According to the Bureau of Labor of Statistics, employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $82,860 in May 2016, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,040.

Find a technology program at a career college near you, and get started toward a technical career!

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