Get Skilled for Better Jobs

Middle-skill jobs, which require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree, make up the largest part of the labor market in the United States and in each of the 50 states.

Yet too often, these jobs can’t be filled because there are too few trained workers. In Indiana, middle-skill jobs account for 59 percent of the labor market, but only 48 percent of the state’s workers are trained to the middle-skill level, according to the National Skills Coalition.

Programs and opportunities to gain the training and skills for middle-skill jobs are plentiful, and financial aid may be available. Visit your local WorkOne Center, community college campus or

Consider an Apprenticeship

“Today, the demand for electricians, pipefitters, welders—workers in all the construction trades—is high. Opportunities exist to earn a great wage working for a construction company that will pay for apprenticeship training. An apprentice can work while going to school and graduate debt-free with certifications, an associate degree, and a journeyman card from the U.S. Department of Labor. And, many times, apprentices go on to become supervisors, project managers, and business owners.”

    — Jeanne Fredericks, director of education, Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana/Kentucky.
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