5 Trades In Demand

5 Trades in Demand

Midwest Technical Institute (MTI) offers a number of programs that prepare students for in-demand careers in allied health and mechanical trades.

The programs that offer training in growing trades include PhlebotomyMedical AssistingHVAC/R-MAR Technician, Dental Assisting and Massage Therapy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) [1], these careers are experiencing faster than average growth when compared to the national average of 5%. Below is a list of trades in demand.


Phlebotomist skills involve drawing blood for tests, transfusions and research. The requirements to become a phlebotomist usually include a certification, which is typically preferred by employers. According to the BLS, phlebotomy has a much faster than average job growth of 23% [2], and is one of the projected top 20 fastest growing occupations [3], 2018-2028. Phlebotomist programs, like the Phlebotomy Course at MTI, can prepare you for a career in the phlebotomy field.

Medical Assistant

Medical assistants perform clerical and clinical tasks in a doctor’s office or hospital. Medical assistant job duties often include helping doctors with vital signs, working at the front desk, and recording patient information. According to the BLS, medical assisting is one of the top 20 fastest growing occupations [3] from 2018-2028, with a much faster than average job growth of 23%. [4] Medical assistant programs, like Medical Assisting at MTI, can provide the training to begin a career as a medical assistant.

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HVAC/R-MAR Technician

A career as an HVAC technician typically includes the installation, repair and maintenance of heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems. Some HVAC technicians may choose to specialize in a specific area of HVAC like solar or commercial refrigeration. According to the BLS job outlook for 2018-2028, a career as an HVAC technician has an average projected job growth of 13% [5], which is much faster than the national average. To learn HVAC, a program like MTI’s HVAC/R-MAR Technician Program can provide the HVAC technician training to begin a career in HVAC.

Dental Assistant

The job duties and responsibilities of a dental assistant include the ability to handle many clinical and clerical duties at a dentist’s office, provide assistance to dentists, help patients, and complete administrative tasks. The 2018-2028 BLS job outlook for a dental assistant has an average projected job growth of 11% [6], which is much faster than the national average. For those interested in learning how to become a dental assistant, MTI’s Dental Assisting Program may be the right choice.

Massage Therapist

A massage therapist career path includes acquiring the training to treat clients in a heath care or home business setting. Massage therapists use touch to manipulate the muscles and soft tissues of the body. According to the BLS job outlook for 2018-2028, a career as a massage therapist has an average projected job growth of 22%, which is much faster than the national average [7]. The Massage Therapy Program at MTI may be the first step to become a massage therapist.