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We understand that sometimes people just choose to follow their passion whether it's studying the nesting habits of the Great Blue Heron or caring for children as a preschool teacher. And we applaud these people for doing what it is they care most about even if it means that they'll never earn much money. On the other hand, there are those of us that would like both a challenging and rewarding career and a decent salary. If you fall into this category here are the careers that are expected to be among the best in terms of job growth and earnings potential.
For those who choose to go to college What kind of apprenticeships is available? Where we live there are currently apprenticeships available for management training, pipefitting, as an electrician, carpenter, automotive technician, copper splicer, plumber, refrigerator construction worker and many other areas. If you would like to see what apprenticeships are currently available in your area, click on this link and then click on your state. You will see bubbles representing cities where there are apprenticeship opportunities. Click on your city and you will see exactly what apprenticeship programs are available.
On our city there are currently 570 of these apprenticeship jobs looking for people. If you see a program in your area that appeals to you, click on it for a description of the job, its requirements, what it pays and its benefits. For example, one of the jobs available here as an apprentice electrician has a terrific benefits package that includes dental, vision, medical, life and accidental death, life insurance, long- and short-term disability, a 401(k) with employer matching, six paid holidays and five days paid vacation. The apprenticeship program takes four years and includes 1000 hours of on-the-job training and employment that’s supplemented by related technical instruction.
The future can be hard to predict
Do keep in mind that all of these job forecasts are just that – forecasts. While there might be a huge need right now for nurse practitioners, physician assistants and software engineers the same thing may not be true 10 or even five years from now. As an example of what can happen, we have a friend who decided to become a PhD in physics because at that time there were five job opportunities for PhD physicists for every one physicist. Unfortunately, by the time he received his PhD five years later there was only one job opening available for every five PhD physicists.
Don't choose a career just because it offers great job growth and potential to earn good money. Investigate and evaluate. Before you spend five years becoming a physician's assistant, an industrial engineer or a database analyst or four years as an apprentice electrician make sure you understand what the job entails and that you would actually enjoy the work. It could be very depressing to spend four, five or more years learning a job only to find that, as many people have, you just hate the work. If possible try to talk with a half-dozen or more people in the career are considering to determine what they actually do and how they feel about it. Spending a few hours with those people could save you from many years of frustration.
It is important for you to consider what you will earn in the future if you borrowed money to pay for the education. Your ability to pay it back is very important.