How do I get a Vocational Degree?

Nat Robinson
Nat Robinson
Vocational degree programs provide training for specific trades.
Vocational degree programs provide training for specific trades.

Vocational schools generally prepare students for specific jobs or trades. Most of these schools also offer the ability to obtain certifications and licenses for certain areas of interest. Although two-year or associate degrees are the most common degrees sought from a vocational school, four-year degree programs and bachelor degrees may also be offered. The first step in getting a vocational degree is to choose a vocational school.

Most vocational training includes a large amount of hands-on experience.
Most vocational training includes a large amount of hands-on experience.

After graduating from high school, many students choose to attend traditional four-year colleges or universities. Some students, however, have a particular trade or career in mind, the requirements of which may be met by obtaining a license, certification, or two-year associate degree. A vocational college prepares students who are interested in obtaining these types of education. Vocational degrees are commonly offered from community colleges.

Two-year degrees are the most common type of vocational degree.
Two-year degrees are the most common type of vocational degree.

Most people seek a vocational degree to expand their educational experience. This in return may create a larger variety of occupational prospects. Adults working a full time job with a family and limited time may turn to a vocational school to continue their education. These schools commonly offer flexible class times, including evenings and night courses. Additionally, they may be more affordable than traditional four-year colleges.

People already employed in a particular field may gain more opportunities for advancement by securing vocational certification.
People already employed in a particular field may gain more opportunities for advancement by securing vocational certification.

After choosing a school to attend, the next step in getting a vocational degree is to decide on a vocational program to enroll in. Most schools will offer a wide variety of program options. Some of the most common programs offered by vocational schools include electrical and automotive degrees. Businesses and the medical field are other popular program options.

An electrical degree can provide vocational training for an individual wishing to fulfill a variety of positions in the electrical profession, including becoming a licensed electrician. Electrical degree programs can teach an individual to provide electrical maintenance and installation to business and residential establishments. An automotive vocational degree may be pursued by an individual who has a natural talent for repairing vehicles, but wishes to become a technically-trained professional. Individuals obtaining an automotive degree may pursue a general training, or learn to repair specific parts of automobiles.

Business degrees, such an associate degree in businesses administration or accounting or paralegal certification, are additional options when pursing a vocational degree. A certified paralegal may be able an ideal choice for someone wishing to be in the law profession, but who does not have the time or money to pursue a law degree. Another popular area of vocational interest are medical programs. Healthcare certifications and nursing licenses may be obtained by enrolling in these vocational programs.

Any vocational degree will require students to enroll in a vocational curriculum. Courses geared towards the desired program of interest will make up the curriculum of study. A counselor may be assigned to assist the student in staying on track with completing the required courses for the degree. Prior to enrolling in a program of study, it's a good idea to explore all available degree options.

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      People already employed in a particular field may gain more opportunities for advancement by securing vocational certification.