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Is a Vocational or Skilled Trade Career Right for You?

With unprecedented student loan debt, a higher-than-average unemployment rate and years of wage stagnation, Millennials are struggling with postgraduate life. The path from a traditional four-year degree to a white-collar career is more difficult than ever.

As a result, many young people are looking at vocational trades – a variety of academic, technical and job preparation training programs that don’t necessarily require a college degree. These programs, also known as career and technical education (CTE), prepare individuals for vital careers in industries like manufacturing, medical support, electrical work, cosmetology, pharmacy, massage therapy, plumbing and more.

The following infographic provides a summary of just a handful of these vocational opportunities, as well as information on how you can train, what kind of certification is needed, and what salary you might expect to earn.