The 8th Annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is coming up November 14-20. Apprenticeship is an opportunity to for job seekers to get paid, hands-on learning and training in a new field. Apprenticeships are industry-driven—meaning they’re run by employers, not schools—and they offer a combination of paid work experience and classroom instruction. And, they let job seekers earn a portable, nationally-recognized credential that allows them to work in a specialized field. Learn more about how apprenticeship works—and search for available opportunities—at Apprenticeship.gov.
Some of the most common apprenticeships are in the construction trades, which include a variety of occupations. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the this field, Apprenticeship.gov lets you search for apprenticeship opportunities in these construction fields:
- Operating Engineers and Equipment Operators
- Cement Masons
- Sheet Metal Workers
- Elevator Constructors
But apprenticeships are definitely not limited to the construction trades. Two economists at the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released a list of the ten non-construction fields with the highest numbers of apprenticeships. Click on the name of any of the occupations below to learn more and then head over to Apprenticeship.gov to search for open opportunities.
Electrical power-line installers and repairers install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems.
- 2022 number of active apprentices: 15,249
- 2021 median annual wage: $78,310
- 2021 employment: 126,600
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another.
- 2022 number of active apprentices: 9,944
- 2021 median annual wage: $48,310
- 2021 employment: 2,094,700
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers work on the systems that heat and cool buildings, chill perishable items, and ventilate air.
- 2022 number of active apprentices: 8,535
- 2021 median annual wage: $48,630
- 2021 employment: 394,100
Millwrights install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.
- 2022 number of active apprentices: 6,149
- 2021 median annual wage: $60,330
- 2021 employment: 39,900
Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers, install and fix telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.
- 2022 number of active apprentices: 4,810
- 2021 median annual wage: $60,370
- 2021 employment: 178,000
Nursing assistants provide basic care and help patients with activities of daily living.
- 2022 number of active apprentices: 4,033
- 2021 median annual wage: $30,310
- 2021 employment: 1,343,700
Correctional officers and jailers oversee those who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been sentenced to serve time in jail or prison.
- 2022 number of active apprentices: 3,124
- 2021 median annual wage: $47,920
- 2021 employment: 402,200
Industrial machinery mechanics install, adjust, repair, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems.
- 2022 number of active apprentices: 3,095
- 2021 median annual wage: $59,840
- 2021 employment: 384,800
Firefighters control and put out fires and respond to emergencies involving life, property, or the environment.
- 2022 number of active apprentices: 2,306
- 2021 median annual wage: $50,700
- 2021 employment: 326,100
Registered nurses provide and coordinate patient care and educate patients and the public about various health conditions.
- 2022 number of active apprentices: 2,281
- 2021 median annual wage: $77,600
- 2021 employment: 3,130,600