Vocational skills are those which allow a person to master a particular subject or procedure that is applicable to a career. Vocational skills are also known as content skills, according to the UCLA article, "Guide to Writing Job Descriptions."

Some people develop vocational skills in high school, learning a particular trade in a vocational school. Others master vocational skills through years of job experience.

Mechanical Aptitude

A high school student who has mechanical aptitude or an interest in auto body mechanics may opt to study at a vocational school.

He will study the basics of auto body mechanics, while gaining practical experience in the school's auto body garage. Some vocational schools offer their services to the general public at a tremendous discount in order to garner projects for their students.


The vocational skill of carpentry is important in the construction industry. Carpenters mark, measure and cut wood for building houses, roads, bridges and even factories, according to the career description described in Career Overview's article, "Carpenter and Carpentry Careers, Jobs and Training Information."

A person can also use their carpentry skills to build cabinets, install windows, lay floors and perform remodelling work. During disasters, such as tornadoes and floods, carpentry skills are indispensable when it comes time to rebuild.

Writing Skills

Writing skills are required for many professions. Business people must write reports or letters that are relevant and informative. Copywriters need to compel individuals to purchase a company's products or services. Most professors in universities are required to publish articles. (See resource 1)

Problem-Solving Skills

Another type of vocational skill is problem solving. This particular skill is highly important in business and education. Business people need to develop marketing strategies to overcome aggressive actions of their competitors. Teachers need to identify and deal with problem students or those with learning disabilities. Problem-solving skills are usually developed through education and work experience. (See reference 1)

Computer Programming

Computer programming is considered a "livelihood skill," or one that enables a person to earn a living, according to Unicef.

People who have computer programming skills usually excel at logic, which enables them to arrange symbols and perform non-arithmetic functions that run computers. (See resource 2) With the ever-growing use of laptops, cell phones and other highly technical products, there will always be a need for people with computer programming skills.