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Work and Learn through an Apprenticeship

If you like to work with your hands and your mind, you might want to consider an apprenticeship after high school. More than 850 occupations can be learned on the job through an apprenticeship.

An apprenticeship prepares you for a career through a structured program of on-the-job learning with classroom instruction, while you work and earn a salary. The programs can last from one to six years and you can choose careers in areas such as telecommunications, health care, computing, business support and the arts. The most common apprenticeships are in construction and manufacturing.

Most apprenticeships are registered through the U.S. Department of Labor, ensuring the program meets government standards for fairness, safety and training. If you complete a registered program, you will receive a certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor which proves your qualifications for the career. Also, classroom instruction often can be used to earn a license, certification or degree.

Following are the top 10 occupations offering apprenticeships that expect to have the most job openings for new workers (2000-2010):

  • cook, restaurant and cafeteria
  • automotive service technician, mechanic
  • licensed practical and licensed vocational nurse
  • carpenter
  • police officer
  • electrician
  • hairdresser, cosmetologist
  • maintenance and repair worker
  • welder, cutter, solderer and brazer
  • plumber, pipefitter and steamfitter

For more information on apprenticeships, visit with your counselor. You also can call America's Workforce Network toll-free at (877) US2-JOBS. (872-5672) Operators can help you find career counselors and apprenticeship programs in your area.