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Career & Technical School News

Trade & skilled jobs are the most difficult to fill

Capital Region BOCES CTE can get you there

cookingIf you are looking for a job, there is no better way to do it than armed with technical skills.

According to business leaders, the New York State Department of Labor and a ManpowerGroup survey of employers, jobs in the skilled trades are the hardest jobs to fill.

The ManpowerGroups MAN, -0.70% 2015 Talent Shortage Survey, stated that skilled
trades — electricians, chefs, heating/ventilation/air conditioning/refrigeration (HVAC/R) technicians, etc. — are the hardest job vacancies to fill in America, as well as globally. After that are openings for drivers, office staff, management and nurses.

Likewise, the regional job outlook is great for middle skills jobs.

Demand for computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers is projected to increase by 40 percent in coming years, with those in the field earning a  mean annual salary of $48,090.

For machinists, the projections are very favorable, with a 14.1 percent increase and $46,860 mean salary. Welders are in high demand locally, as well, with a 16.1 percent job growth projection and a  mean salary of $45,890.

Additionally, regional demand for sheet metal workers is expected to increase by 20 percent by 2020, with a mean annual salary of $54,840; operating engineers and other construction equipment operators, 14.5 percent, $57,740 and automotive service technicians and mechanics, 9.9 percent, $38,670.

For those looking for a career in medicine, sterile processing technicians  the people charged with keeping surgical instruments sterile and ready for use — are likewise in hot demand with a 15 percent job growth forecast through 2024 and an average salary of $44,330. HVAC

"BOCES gave me good training. After I completed the course, I took a test and Albany Med made me a sterile processing tech 1. In a couple of weeks, I am going to take some more tests and become a sterile processing tech 2. I couldn't have done this without Capital Region BOCES," said adult student graduate Kishor Madani said.

Each of the careers mentioned above typically require a high school diploma or equivalent along with on-the-job training. And, more importantly, students can get a head start on those careers with training at Capital Region BOCES CTE!

"At CTE, I learned the value of paying attention to the task at hand and getting the work done on time," Paul Caruso, a Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R) a 2016 graduate from Guilderland.

BOCES also offers experiences to help students chose the perfect career for them.

"Without BOCES, I wouldn't be where I am now. I wouldn't have gone to SUNY Delhi or graduated from Johnson and Wales...CTE really opened my eyes to all of these career options," said registered dietician Maggie O'Mara, a 2008 graduate of the CTE culinary program from Guilderland.

O'Mara said that by attending CTE, she furthered her passion for the culinary world and was able to identify what aspect of the industry she wanted to pursue. Today, she works at a luxury spa in the Berkshire Mountains teaching people how to cook and eat healthily.

CTE offers 40 programs that prepare students for careers as HVAC/R  technicians, electricians, diesel technicians, heavy equipment operators, welders, nurses and more.

Students graduating from CTE can go directly into the workforce with their state or national certification or go onto a technical school or college for further education. Many students will enter the workforce and go on to further educational offerings, usually with the employer paying the tuition.

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