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Earn while you learn as an apprentice.

An apprenticeship combines a full-time job with training—and prepares you to enter a skilled craft, trade, or other field. Many well-paying careers start with apprenticeship in industries like IT, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, tourism and hospitality, financial services, and transportation.

You can earn a salary and get hands-on work experience while also taking classes. Apprenticeship programs are sponsored by employers, labor unions, and associations. Programs last between one and six years and provide wage increases as you gain work experience. You must meet minimum qualifications to apply. Some employers offer youth apprenticeship for high school juniors and seniors.

The Registered Apprenticeship program is a way to enter about one thousand careers, including these top occupations:

  • Automobile mechanic
  • Certified nursing assistant
  • IT project manager
  • Construction laborer
  • Electrician
  • Pipefitter

Find employers and other sponsors of apprenticeships at Apprenticeship Finder. Learn more about apprenticeship at Apprenticeship USA.

Many community colleges also offer apprenticeship programs. Many times, the company pays for your college education while you are in class and work in an apprenticeship. Find colleges in your area that offer apprenticeship programs.