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Student Career Areas in Trade and Technical Education

The major career areas of trade and technical education are construction, transportation, manufacturing, visual arts and communication, human and public service, and information technology. Students who gain the knowledge and skills in the trade and technical career areas are prepared to be successful through the development of career preparation, employability, and leadership skills. A sample of careers in trade and technical education available to students is illustrated in the table below.

Career Area

Associated Occupations

Professional Organizations


  • Carpentry
  • Electrician
  • Plumbing
  • Welding
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
  • Architectural Drafting and Design

Communication and Visual Arts

  • Graphic Arts and Design
  • Photography
  • Broadcasting
  • Video Production
  • Commercial Art
  • Advertising Design
  • Web Design

Human and Public Service

  • Cosmetology
  • Esthetics
  • Natural Hair Styling
  • Nail Specialty
  • Barbering
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Fire Science

Information Technology

  • Computer Repair
  • Electronic Technician
  • Network Technician
  • Robotics Technology


  • Precision Machine Technology
  • CNC Machining
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Machine Trades


  • Automotive Technician
  • Auto Body Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Operations and Repair
  • Outdoor Power Equipment
  • Aviation Operations and Repair