Are you afraid to make the leap into the middle-skills market because you don’t have the funds to cover your education? Consider taking an apprenticeship, where you can earn a living while you learn skills to apply to your trade of choice.
Think about it, the U.S. needs more workers to replace a retiring generation of plumbers, electricians, welders and other middle-skilled jobs that are in high demand. Beyond blue collar jobs, there are also apprenticeships available in growth industries like clean energy and healthcare.
: Here’s why you should become an apprentice
Apprenticeships usually take between one and four years to complete, depending on the trade. They offer classroom instruction and practical on-the-job training which makes for a powerful one-two punch of skills-based learning. And they come with a steady paycheck, unlike accruing college debt for a college degree, which can take decades to pay off.
Though apprenticeships are usually associated with blue collar work (10 of the top apprenticeships are connected to construction
) WorkingNation wants you to consider these career pathways which are also accessed by the apprenticeship model:
- Clean energy jobs are spreading quickly and there is a shortage of workers in this sector. For example, wind turbine technicians ($51,000 median salary) are the fastest-growing occupation with a projected 108% increase over the next seven years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- You can also train to become a solar panel technician and make about $39,000 a year.
- Many apprenticeships in the healthcare industry can be completed in about a year, which means making the transition to a new career won’t be as time-consuming as a four-year college degree.
Finding apprenticeships takes some research and the application process can be time-consuming, but the effort you put into it will pay off in the long run. According to the BLS, people who complete apprenticeships report higher lifetime career earnings.
Apprenticeships offer a winning solution to uplifting a generation of workers because guaranteed career placement, steady wages and zero student debt is a secure pathway to the middle class and a comfortable retirement.
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