Vocational education involves training designed to prepare students for work in a particular trade or industry. It is offered at secondary and post-secondary levels as well as through apprenticeships.
Vocational education is a rewarding option for students who do not wish to attend a four-year college but who still want to pursue education in a particular area of expertise. Examples of vocational education include cosmetology, agriculture, health occupations, business and office management, construction and auto repair. Students may elect to receive certification in these fields or simply to take courses that enable them to find work in a particular field. Completing a program in a vocational area generally takes far less time than receiving a college degree while still allowing students to gain expertise in lucrative job sectors.