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List of Job Corps Trades

Growth Trends for Related Jobs

Job Corps is a free, government-sponsored education and training program that assists young people between the ages of 16 through 24 with skills training, earning a high school diploma or GED, and preparation for college. Job Corps offers in-depth career training in many fast-growing and in-demand career fields. The Job Corps program also assists students who are successful in the program with job placement in their chosen trade.

Information Technology

Job Corps offers career training in the field of information technology. Professionals in the field of information technology play an essential role in the success of the administration of technology within their company or organization. IT professionals help to determine the technological goals of an organization and develop plans to meet those goals. Their key responsibilities include Internet operations, productivity assurance, software development and network security. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of information technology is expected to grow 17 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. According to the BLS, the average salary for an information technology manager as of May 2008 was $112,210 per year.

Automotive Mechanics

The Job Corps program also offers career training in the trade of automotive mechanics. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, automotive mechanics work on cars and trucks that run on gasoline, electricity or alternative fuels such as ethanol. They are responsible for vehicle maintenance, such as oil changes and tire rotations, and diagnose complex vehicle problems as well as plan and execute vehicle repairs. According to the BLS, the average salary for an auto mechanic is $28.71 per hour.

Construction

Another trade that the Job Corps offers training in is construction. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction workers are responsible for the building of new structures, additions and modifications to existing ones. Construction workers also maintain, repair and perform improvements on existing structures. According to the BLS, in 2008, production or nonsupervisory workers in construction averaged $21.87 an hour, or about $842 a week, and job growth within the industry is expected to increase 19 percent through the year 2018.

Hospitality Industry

Another of the trades that the Job Corps offers extensive training in is hospitality. Professionals in the hospitality industry work primarily in the hotel and travel field. Workers in the hospitality field provide a variety of services to guests including food services, reservations, customer service and administrative duties. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth in the hospitality industry is expected to increase by 5 percent between 2008 and 2018. The median salary in 2008 for a professional in the hospitality industry was $402 a week.