Trade off: Increasing university costs and declining unemployment will lower industry demand

The Trade & Technical Schools industry market report contains data and analysis of the most influential current and future trends shaping the industry. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical, user-friendly format, and provides growth and profit forecasts for a five-year outlook period.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Decreasing unemployment has caused profit margins to dwindle
  • Even as unemployment decreases, many schools now offer the possibility to remain in school while employed
  • A greater number of employers require new employees to hold formal certifications
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Trade and Technical Schools industry has experienced fluctuations over the past five years, largely due to the recession and stagnant growth in federal funding. High unemployment has caused individuals to seek out further education, while employers are increasing their training requirements to remain competitive. Over the five years to 2021, decreasing unemployment rates combined with the increasing tuition of four-year colleges, will both boost enrollment in vocational training, and hamper industry growth.

    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    As with most industries in the education sector, the level of capital intensity for the industry is generally low. Accounting for 39.4% of industry revenue, wages represent the primary expense for most industry providers as most instructors are skilled and trained and most teaching is done on a face-to-face basis. This percentage includes wages for employees teaching classes, developing courses, and carrying out administrative and management duties.

    The level of capital intensity varies considerably among segments of the industry. For example, flight training schools provide an exception to the rule of high labor intensity. These schools use expensive equipment in training, such as flight simulators, which increases the capital investment required by this segment.

    Additional Insights for the Trade & Technical Schools Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Trade & Technical Schools Industry are

  • Timely compliance with government regulations
  • High prior success rate (including completed prior contracts)
  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favor of market conditions
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Government funding for universities and National unemployment rate in the Trade & Technical Schools industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Trade & Technical Schools Industry?

    This industry includes schools that offer vocational and technical training in a variety of technical subjects and trades. Training often leads to job-specific certification. Instruction may be provided in diverse settings, such as the company’s training facilities, the workplace, the home or through distance-learning methods. Major segments include cosmetology and barber schools, flight training, apprenticeship training and other technical training.

    Industry Products
    Cosmetology and barber schools
    Flight training programs
    Apprenticeship training programs
    Other professional development programs
    Industry Activities
    Barber colleges
    Beauty schools
    Flight training schools
    Apprenticeship training programs
    Commercial or graphic art schools
    Bartending schools
    Electronic equipment repair training schools
    Firefighter training schools
    Medical technician schools
    Real estate schools

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Government funding for universities
  • National unemployment rate
  • Number of adults aged 20 to 64
  • Consumer Confidence Index
  • High school retention rate

  • Current Performance
  • Shifts in education priority
  • Technology drives industry growth
  • Increased demand means expansion
  • Other trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Downstream employment trends
  • Government regulation
  • Continued industry growth
  • Table: Trade & Technical Schools Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Trade & Technical Schools Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling
  • Computer & Packaged Software Wholesaling
  • Janitorial Services
  • Municipal Building Construction
  • Office Stationery Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Other professional development programs
  • Flight training programs
  • Cosmetology and barber schools
  • Apprenticeship training programs
  • Chart: Trade & Technical Schools Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Students aged 25 to 34 years old
  • Students 45 to 64 years old
  • Students 20 to 24 years old
  • Students 35 to 44 years old
  • Students 15 to 19 years old
  • Students 65 years and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Trade & Technical Schools Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Rent and utilities
  • Marketing
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Trade & Technical Schools

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Trade & Technical Schools Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Trade & Technical Schools Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Trade & Technical Schools Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • National unemployment rate (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
  • A system of teaching a skill to a new generation of practitioners. Training is completed on the job while working for an employer who helps the individual learn the trade.
  • Career And Technical Education (Cte)
  • Training for jobs that are based on manual or practical activities, traditionally nonacademic and related to a specific trade, occupation or vocation; also called vocational education.
  • Title Iv Programs
  • A program authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act that is the major source of federal student aid. Title IV programs include loans, grants and federal work study.
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