Training & Degrees
An apprenticeship is a training program that combines classroom studies with on-the-job training supervised by trade professionals where you earn wages while you learn a skilled profession in a specific field. It can take several years to become fully trained in the occupation you choose. Examples of careers requiring an apprenticeship include electrician, plumber, and carpenter.
Certificates and Diplomas
A certificate or diploma program focuses on a particular skill needed for a specific career and can generally be earned in two years or less at a community college, career/technical/business college or some four-year colleges. Examples of possible careers requiring a certificate or diploma include paralegal, cosmetologist, welder, chef, certified nursing assistant and radiological technician.
Associate degrees can usually be earned in two years (sometimes less) at any community college or some career/technical/business colleges and four-year colleges. Some associates degrees can be applied toward a bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university. Examples of possible careers requiring an associate degree include dental hygienist, administrative assistant, registered nurse, veterinary technician and auto mechanic.
A bachelor's degree, or undergraduate degree, typically takes at least four years to complete at any four-year college or university. Careers that require a bachelor's degree include teacher, engineer, accountant, dietitian, and social worker.
After obtaining a bachelor's degree, you may choose to pursue an advanced degree such as a master's, doctoral or professional degree. The time it takes to complete an advanced degree can be two year or more, depending on the type of degree you choose. Example of professions that require and advanced degree include dentist, lawyer, veterinarian, pharmacist, psychologist, college professor, and doctor.