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An apprenticeship is where a novice works with an expert in the field to gain experience and practical knowledge. In addition to working directly with an expert in the field, apprenticeships also sometimes require some classroom time. Some of the best features of apprenticeships are: you don’t rack up as much debt as many college students do, you often get paid during your apprenticeship, almost all of the training is hands-on, and you receive a career-specific certification upon graduation of the apprenticeship. According the United States Department of Labor, the Registered Apprenticeship program offers apprenticeships in approximately 1,000 careers, and they specifically highlight the most popular ones:
  • Able Seaman
  • Carpenter
  • Chef
  • Child care development specialist
  • Construction craft laborer
  • Dental assistant
  • Electrician
  • Elevator constructor
  • Fire medic
  • Law enforcement agent
  • Over-the-road truck driver
  • Pipefitter

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