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Finding the Best Construction Trades School for You

With 36,003 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, construction trades is the #6 most popular major in the United States.

With all the trade school programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Trade College Search has developed this Most Popular Construction Trades Trade Schools ranking. This report analyzed 870 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular programs for trade school students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Construction Trades program at each school on the list.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Construction Trades Colleges.

#1

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Our 2021 rankings named Ivy Tech Community College the most popular school in the United States for construction trades students. Located in the city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public school with a very large student population.

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#2

Apex Technical School

Long Island City, NY

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Apex Technical School. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular Construction Trades Trade Schools list. Located in the city of Long Island City, Apex Technical School is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend City Colleges of Chicago - Richard J Daley College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Construction Trades Trade Schools list. Richard J Daley College is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Chicago.

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#4

Lake Land College

Mattoon, IL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Lake Land College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Popular Construction Trades Trade Schools list. Located in the town of Mattoon, Lake Land College is a public school with a small student population.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is a great place for construction trades students. Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is a moderately-sized public school located in the small city of Elizabethtown.

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With a ranking of #6, Owensboro Community and Technical College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for construction trades students. Located in the rural area of Owensboro, Owensboro Community and Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

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Instituto de Banca y Comercio Inc did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for construction trades students. It came in at #7 on the list. Instituto de Banca is a medium-sized private for-profit school located in the city of Guaynabo.

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Arizona Western College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Construction Trades Trade Schools ranking. AWC is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Yuma.

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With a ranking of #9, Gateway Community and Technical College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for construction trades students. Located in the suburb of Florence, Gateway is a public college with a small student population.

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Central New Mexico Community College ranked #10 on this year’s Most Popular Construction Trades Trade Schools list. Located in the large city of Albuquerque, CNM is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Bluegrass Community and Technical College landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular construction trades programs. Bluegrass Community and Technical College is a large public school located in the large city of Lexington.

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#12

Honolulu Community College

Honolulu, HI

Honolulu Community College landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular construction trades programs. Located in the large city of Honolulu, Honolulu CC is a public school with a small student population.

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Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular construction trades programs. Porter and Chester Institute is a small private for-profit school located in the small city of Stratford.

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With a ranking of #13, Lincoln Technical Institute - Union did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for construction trades students. Located in the large suburb of Union, Lincoln Tech - Union is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #15, Big Sandy Community and Technical College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for construction trades students. Big Sandy Community and Technical College is a small public school located in the remote town of Prestonsburg.

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#16

Rio Salado College

Tempe, AZ

With a ranking of #16, Rio Salado College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for construction trades students. Rio Salado College is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tempe.

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#16

Berk Trade and Business School

Long Island City, NY

Berk Trade and Business School ranked #16 on this year’s Most Popular Construction Trades Trade Schools list. Located in the city of Long Island City, Berk Trade School is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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Summit Academy Opportunities Industrialization Center did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for construction trades students. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Summit Academy Opportunities Industrialization Center is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Northshore Technical Community College came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Construction Trades Trade Schools ranking. Northshore Technical College-Sullivan Main Campus is a small public school located in the rural area of Bogalusa.

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SOWELA Technical Community College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Construction Trades Trade Schools ranking. Located in the city of Lake Charles, SOWELA is a public college with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #21, Southern California Institute of Technology did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for construction trades students. Southern California Institute of Technology is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Anaheim.

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Texas State Technical College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Construction Trades Trade Schools ranking. TSTC is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Waco.

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With a ranking of #23, Jefferson Community and Technical College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for construction trades students. Located in the city of Louisville, Jefferson Community and Technical College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#24

Santiago Canyon College

Orange, CA

Santiago Canyon College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Construction Trades Trade Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Orange, SCC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#25

Somerset Community College

Somerset, KY

With a ranking of #25, Somerset Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for construction trades students. SCC is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Somerset.

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#27

Summit College

Colton, CA
#27

Orleans Technical College

Philadelphia, PA
#36

Centralia College

Centralia, WA
#39

Central Community College

Grand Island, NE
#40

Advanced Training Institute

Las Vegas, NV
#41

Coyne College

Chicago, IL
#44

Moraine Park Technical College

Fond du Lac, WI
#45

Hopkinsville Community College

Hopkinsville, KY
#48

Norco College

Norco, CA

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Most Popular Construction Trades Trade Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 870 different United States construction trades schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Lincoln Technical Institute - Mahwah Mahwah, NJ
52 Bevill State Community College Jasper, AL
53 Augusta Technical College Augusta, GA
54 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
55 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
55 Maysville Community and Technical College Maysville, KY
55 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
55 Grays Harbor College Aberdeen, WA
59 Eastern Arizona College Thatcher, AZ
60 Mountainland Technical College Lehi, UT
61 Triton College River Grove, IL
62 Professional Career Training Institute Houston, TX
63 Big Bend Community College Moses Lake, WA
63 Atlanta Technical College Atlanta, GA
63 Richmond Community College Hamlet, NC
66 Washburn Institute of Technology Topeka, KS
66 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Pulaski Pulaski, TN
68 Erwin Technical College Tampa, FL
68 Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls, MN
68 Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor, MI
71 Nash Community College Rocky Mount, NC
72 Pennco Tech-Blackwood Blackwood, NJ
73 Tidewater Tech-Trades Norfolk, VA
73 National Career Education Citrus Heights, CA
75 San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX
75 National Career Institute East Orange, NJ
75 South Texas College McAllen, TX
75 Tulsa Technology Center Tulsa, OK
79 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
80 North Georgia Technical College Clarkesville, GA
81 South Florida Institute of Technology Miami, FL
81 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
81 Alpena Community College Alpena, MI
81 Liceo de Arte y Tecnologia San Juan, PR
85 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
86 Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA
87 Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, NC
87 Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education Baldwin Park, CA
87 Green River College Auburn, WA
90 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS
90 Alfred State College Alfred, NY
92 Hazard Community and Technical College Hazard, KY
92 Trinidad State Junior College Trinidad, CO
94 Orange Technical College - Mid Florida Campus Orlando, FL
94 Perry Technical Institute Yakima, WA
94 Isothermal Community College Spindale, NC
94 Jones County Junior College Ellisville, MS
98 Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH
98 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
100 Peninsula College Port Angeles, WA
100 Lake Superior College Duluth, MN
100 SUNY Delhi Delhi, NY
100 Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon, IA
104 Metropolitan Community College Omaha, NE
104 Lincoln College of Technology - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
104 Central Arizona College Coolidge, AZ
107 Palomar College San Marcos, CA
108 Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO
108 Marshalltown Community College Marshalltown, IA
110 Kiamichi Technology Center-McAlester McAlester, OK
111 Southern Regional Technical College Thomasville, GA
111 Erie Community College Buffalo, NY
111 Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, MN
111 Aims Community College Greeley, CO
111 Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, NC
116 Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Lancaster, PA
116 Ogeechee Technical College Statesboro, GA
116 Hohokus School of Trade and Technical Sciences Paterson, NJ
119 Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology Okmulgee, OK
120 New Castle School of Trades New Castle, PA
120 Professional Technical Institution Inc Bayamon, PR
122 Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City, IA
122 Clackamas Community College Oregon City, OR
122 Robeson Community College Lumberton, NC
125 Houston Community College Houston, TX
125 Spokane Community College Spokane, WA
125 Pennco Tech-Bristol Bristol, PA
128 Portland Community College Portland, OR
128 Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville, GA
128 Ogden-Weber Technical College Ogden, UT

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional popular schools for Construction Trades students that almost earned our Most Popular Construction Trades Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
131 Baton Rouge Community College Baton Rouge, LA
131 Santa Ana College Santa Ana, CA
131 Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL
134 East Mississippi Community College Scooba, MS
134 Fort Myers Technical College Fort Myers, FL
134 D’Mart Institute Barranquitas, PR
134 St Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud, MN
138 Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction, CO
138 Northeast Community College Norfolk, NE
140 Brazosport College Lake Jackson, TX
140 Saint Paul College Saint Paul, MN
140 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
140 Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas City, KS
140 Halifax Community College Weldon, NC
145 Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX
145 American River College Sacramento, CA
145 South Georgia Technical College Americus, GA
145 Pamlico Community College Grantsboro, NC
145 Savannah Technical College Savannah, GA
150 Bismarck State College Bismarck, ND
150 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
150 North Lake College Irving, TX
153 State Technical College of Missouri Linn, MO
154 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
154 CET, San Jose San Jose, CA
154 College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV
154 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
154 Randolph Community College Asheboro, NC
159 Lansing Community College Lansing, MI
159 Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga, CA
159 Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Cumberland, KY
159 Lincoln College of Technology - Melrose Park Melrose Park, IL
159 Fletcher Technical Community College Schriever, LA
159 InterCoast Colleges - West Covina W. Covina, CA
165 Pitt Community College Winterville, NC
166 Lincoln Technical Institute - Shelton Shelton, CT
167 Truckee Meadows Community College Reno, NV
168 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
168 Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Salisbury, NC
168 Lamson Institute San Antonio, TX
168 HVAC Technical Institute Chicago, IL
168 St Philip’s College San Antonio, TX
173 Sheridan Technical College Hollywood, FL
173 Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill, CA
173 Michigan Career and Technical Institute Plainwell, MI

Construction Trades by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Construction Trades Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 21,360
Building Management & Inspection 4,950
Carpentry 4,066
Plumbing & Water Supply 2,606
Construction 2,292
Masonry 462
Other Construction 267

Majors Similar to Construction Trades

Related Major Annual Graduates
Personal & Culinary Services 132,602
Mechanic & Repair Technologies 107,435
Precision Production 57,423
Transportation & Materials Moving 27,979

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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