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Career Expert Laurence Shatkin Reveals the Best Apprenticeable Jobs

As the availability of student loans shrink, people may want to consider an apprenticeship instead of a college degree as an entry route to their career.

“You don’t have to shell out tens of thousands of dollars in tuition or endure basic training in a distant boot camp to get entry into your career. An apprenticeship provides job training in which you can become a highly skilled worker through a combination of worksite learning and minimal classroom learning,” says Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., co-author of the recently released book 200 Best Jobs Through Apprenticeships, Second Edition.

“An apprenticeship is sometimes called ‘the other four-year degree’ because it often takes four years and it results in a nationally recognized credential that can open the door to income and job security that can be as good as or better than what college graduates enjoy,” he adds.

To open people’s eyes to which apprenticeships offer the most promise, Shatkin crunched data from the U.S. Department of Labor to identify the best apprenticeable jobs. The following occupations topped the list:

Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Annual Earnings: $44,990
Percent Growth: 22.2 percent
Annual Openings: 22,756

Computer Support Specialists
Annual Earnings: $42,400
Percent Growth: 12.9 percent
Annual Openings: 97,334

Construction and Building Inspectors
Annual Earnings: $48,330
Percent Growth: 18.2 percent
Annual Openings: 12,606

Radiologic Technologists
Annual Earnings: $50,260
Percent Growth: 15.1 percent
Annual Openings: 12,836

Police Patrol Officers
Annual Earnings: $49,630
Percent Growth: 10.8 percent
Annual Openings: 37,842

Correctional Officers and Jailers
Annual Earnings: $36,970
Percent Growth: 16.9 percent
Annual Openings: 56,579

Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses
Annual Earnings: $37,940
Percent Growth: 14.0 percent
Annual Openings: 70,610

Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters
Annual Earnings: $44,090
Percent Growth: 10.6 percent
Annual Openings: 68,643

Annual Earnings: $44,090
Percent Growth: 10.6 percent
Annual Openings: 68,643

Surgical Technologists
Annual Earnings: $37,540
Percent Growth: 24.5 percent
Annual Openings: 15,365

200 Best Jobs Through Apprenticeships, Second Edition, is available at all major bookstores and from the publisher ( or 1.800.648.JIST). Co-author Laurence Shatkin has also written several other titles, including 150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs, 10 Best College Majors for Your Personality, and 50 Best Jobs for Your Personality.

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