Is a Career College the Right Choice for You?

By Peterson's Staff updated on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Not the four-year-college type? Are you are looking to update your skills in a particular field of study? Perhaps you should check out the opportunities that career colleges have to offer.

What is a career college?

Thousands of students enroll in career colleges (also known as technical or vocational schools) every year. Essentially, a career college is a private or public institution that offers career education through a range of certifications and degrees in a variety of career-specific fields. Depending on the type of career you're interested in and the career school you select, you can earn a certificate, a diploma, or a two- or four-year degree.

What subjects can you study in career schools?

Some career colleges only offer education in a few related fields, while others may provide a list of hundreds of career-oriented subjects. Some of the most popular subjects and careers include:


A career college might help you reach your goals better than any other school

By this time in your life, you have some ideas about what you want to do with your life. Four-year colleges are a good fit for many students. But for others, four more years in a traditional classroom isn't the right answer. Perhaps you should look into some career schools to find out they might offer exactly the career education you are seeking.

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