Vocational career training can prepare students to enter a variety of career fields that rely on a specific skill set, whether it's automotive repair, electrician, construction, paralegal, heating and air conditioning repair, or medical transcription or billing.
Vocational course contents
Vocational training courses are specific to the career fields that students plan to enter, so they vary widely depending on the type of program. The following are some examples of skills acquired in the most common vocational training programs:
Automotive and vehicle mechanic
These courses aim to teach students about:
- Auto mechanics
- Assessing and repair vehicles
- How to rebuild cars after a collision how to
- Integrating the latest technologies into auto repair and maintenance.
Students in electrician programs learn how to set up or repair complex wiring systems in homes or businesses. Associated skills include:
- Basic electronics
- Electronics engineering technology
- Electronics repair
These courses train students to become paralegals, who assist lawyers with a range of tasks including:
- Organizing and maintaining files
- Conducting research
- Drafting documents
These courses prepare students for careers as medical transcriptionists, who listen to audio recordings made by physicians and other medical professionals and convert them into written documents. They also review and edit medical documents created using speech recognition technology and create patients' medical histories and other documents from notes and charts.
- Medical terminology
- Anatomy and physiology
- Grammar and writing skills
- Word-processing software
Potential career applications
While online vocational training courses are designed to prepare students directly for a corresponding career, the skills acquired in these courses can sometimes also be applied in other ways.
For example, people who train as paralegals sometimes pursue law school to become attorneys. Medical transcriptionists may decide to use their training as a springboard into other careers in the health care field. Electricians can use their skills to transition into electrical engineering or into construction fields where electronics knowledge is a potential asset.
"Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 19, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/automotive-service-technicians-and-mechanics.htm
"Electricians," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 19, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/electricians.htm
"Paralegals and Legal Assistants," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 19, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm
"Medical Transcriptionists," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 19, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-transcriptionists.htm