Looking for a career that gets you the lifestyle you want, without the debt of a 4-year university? Skilled trades are in high demand and only getting higher in the next decade. Check out the options and discover the possibilities below.

Getting Started in Skilled Trades

There are many ways to get into well-paying fields in construction, depending on your preference. Explore the options below and click the buttons to find the best next step for you!

Choose Your Path

Technical Training
Pathway 1
Straight to Workforce
Pathway 2
Pathway 3
Students working with instructor at a technical training progam

A training program prepares students with skills for careers in the carpentry industry and emphasizes a combination of theory and practical applications necessary for successful employment.

Students completing a training program obtain the qualifications for an entry–level positions in their chosen trade.

Standard training programs include:

  • Technical Colleges
  • Quick-Start Programs
  • Training Academies
Student first day at the work place in a construction career

Jump straight into the workforce and learn as you work and get paid.

On-the-job training for construction careers is a hands-on learning approach where you’ll work directly at construction sites under the guidance of experienced professionals.

It involves practical tasks related to whichever trade you want to pursue, such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, or masonry. During this training, you’ll gain essential skills, learn safety protocols, and become familiar with the tools and equipment specific to your field.

This immersive learning experience equips you with real-world expertise and prepares you for a successful career in the construction industry. As you progress and master skills, you’ll take on increasingly complex responsibilities, making on-the-job training a valuable stepping stone to a fulfilling construction career.

Student learning at a construction workplace

A construction apprenticeship program is a structured training initiative designed to prepare people for careers in the construction industry.

Through a combination of instruction, on-the-job training, and mentorship, apprenticeship programs equip you with the skills and knowledge needed for a career in the construction industry. When completed, most programs offer a certification and job placement assistance.

Compare Your Options

After 4 years, you could have over $100k of debt
or $200k in the bank!

An average of $104,000 in debt Earning over $75k per year

Resources for Students

Our guides break down skilled trade career options, including pathways, salaries and training programs to get you started on the path to your goals.

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Events and Webinars

Looking for more info on getting into the skilled trades? Whether it’s questions about specific careers or learning more about your options, our upcoming events and on-demand webinars are a great way to get the info you need to make the best decision for your future.

Jobs & Opportunities

See what’s available and what’s in demand in your area and around the country.

Videos for Students

Think construction is a dead-end job? These videos might just change your mind!

Existential Crisis: 4-Year vs Technical College

Existential Crisis: 4-Year vs Technical College

Sit in on a “therapy” session as a counselor uncovers the existential crisis his “Four-year College” and “Technical College” patients face.
Cupcake Day

Cupcake Day

A bright high school senior casts aside a table of “cupcake” college offers in favor of pursuing a future in the skilled trades
TCSG: We Are the Students of Technical College

TCSG: We Are the Students of Technical College

Produced in partnership with the Technical College System of Georgia, this montage highlights the unique educational experiences and benefits offered at Georgia’s 22 technical colleges.

Explore Careers

Discover the different skilled trades you can pursue, the skills they need and the benefits & lifestyle they offer.

Construction Careers News for Students

Check out our articles, guides and downloadable resources to help you get started on the road to a career in skilled trades.

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