Trade Schools in San Antonio

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What You Need to Know About Trade Schools in San Antonio TX

There are more than 30 for-profit and public trade schools in San Antonio TX, offering full-time, part-time, and online study. A huge variety of programs provide students with the necessary skills to acquire jobs in industries where workers in the highest demand.  

Meeting Career Opportunities

Several industries are critically short of skilled workers across the country, and San Antonio is no exception. Trade schools meet employers’ needs for qualified workers by training students in positions that require a certification to practice professionally. In January of 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported these employment statistics for the San Antonio-New Braunfels metropolitan area:

  • There are 137,900 jobs in education and health services, which includes medical assistants, medical billing and coding specialists, pharmacy technicians, and medical office specialists.
  • Around 111,500 jobs in professional and business services, such as business accounting specialists and administrative assistants.
  • A total of 156,200 jobs in trade, transportation, and utilities, including in HVAC, automotive technology, diesel technology, and auto repair.

  Course Offerings

Trade schools in San Antonio meet these needs by offering programs in:

  • Medical office management and administration
  • Pharmacy technician training
  • Nursing
  • Clinical assistant training
  • Dental Assisting
  • Phlebotomy
  • Cosmetology
  • Medical insurance, billing, and coding
  • Computer and information sciences
  • Legal assistant training
  • Accounting and bookkeeping
  • HVAC
  • Welding

  Length of Programs

Certification programs in San Antonio vary in length according to the area of study and whether students attend school full time or part time (at evenings or weekends). The shortest courses tend to span for about 10 weeks, whereas the longest last just under two years. On average, full-time programs take around one year to complete.  


Cost varies widely between San Antonio trade schools, ranging from just under $4,000 to more than $25,000 for tuition and other fees. However, most schools offer several financial aid options, including help finding loans, grants, and scholarships from external organizations, which can significantly lower costs.   When looking at trade schools in San Antonio TX, your main priority may be the type of program, course length, or cost. However, it is important to bear in mind that you can greatly reduce expenses with financial aid. Plus, it may be worthwhile staying in school a few extra weeks or months if studying for longer enables you to take a program that leads to a career you will find enjoyable and rewarding — and this goes double for jobs that are in particularly high demand in the San Antonio area.

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What SCI Students Are Saying

“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”


Denise S.
Medical Assistant

“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”


Raquel S.

“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”


Annette D.
Business Accounting

“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”


Bonnie M
Medical Assistant

“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”


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Medical Assistant

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“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”


Valerie D.

“I am very happy with where I am and where I’m going. Through high school, I struggled with math. When I came to SCI, I enrolled in the Business Accounting Specialist program to see if I could do it. SCI provided me with the accounting skills I needed to help me find a career. Now, I have an amazing career and room to grow in the company.”


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Business Accounting

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