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SkillPointe Releases Free Guide to the Best Skilled Trade Careers

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May 2nd, 2021
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two welders make sparks fly, showing the benefit of training in the skilled trades
two welders make sparks fly, showing benefit of getting trained in the skilled trades
You can learn a skilled trade like welding through an affordable training program and get started on a good-paying career. (Credit: wi6995/Shutterstock)
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By Katherine Gustafson America has a skills problem, or more accurately, a massive skills gap. There are too many open jobs and too many job hunters with skills that don’t match up. Even those who
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In many of the skilled trades, the gender wage gap is almost nonexistent, making the trades especially attractive for women. (Credit: Aerogondo2/Shutterstock)

ATLANTA — SkillPointe, the leading resource for skills-based career exploration, training and job opportunities that do not require a four-year degree, announced the release of their first e-book titled “Let’s Celebrate Skills-Based Careers.” This guide covers critical challenges facing our economy and higher education, and proposes attractive alternatives to four-year college degrees.

Consider these critical facts:
•    30 million jobs in the U.S. do not require a four-year degree but pay $55,000 or more.
•    In 2021, 2.6 million skills-based jobs are available, and that number is expected to grow annually.
•    Student loan debt is a staggering $1.7 trillion.
•    The four-year graduation rate at public colleges is only 33.3%.
•    45% of four-year college grads are un- and under-employed.

SkillPointe Founder Todd Wilson says, “We are facing a national crisis of growing workforce shortages in many skills-based industries. At the same time, many four-year college students are leaving early without any credentials or certifications that would help them secure a better future. That’s an opportunity for students as well as their families, educators and career advisors to learn more about faster, more affordable pathways to rewarding, good-paying careers. That’s why we created this critical guide — to start a national dialogue that is long overdue.” 

In this free e-book, those thinking about skilled trades can learn more about:
•    Why a four-year college degree may not be the best option for everyone.
•    The best skilled trade careers that are in demand and growing fast
•    Fast-track training options at high schools, community colleges and trade schools
•    Unique scholarship opportunities for students entering skilled trade training programs
•    Attractive apprentice programs with leading employers
•    Career assessment tools

To download your free copy, visit SkillPointe.com/ebook

More News + Advice

By Katherine Gustafson America has a skills problem, or more accurately, a massive skills gap. There are too many open jobs and too many job hunters with skills that don’t match up. Even those who
Black male worker wears soundproof headphones and yellow helmet working at a cutting machine
Are you overwhelmed by all of the options out there and not sure which career path is right for you? SkillPointe can help!
Illustration of many different job types, take a skill-based assessment quiz
By Daniel Bortz Need a good job, fast? America’s skilled labor shortage means plenty of companies have skilled trade jobs sitting empty, even now. And it’s possible to get some of those jobs with less
Through an apprenticeship, you learn a trade while earning a paycheck. (Credit: goodluz/Shutterstock)
Women: Want to make good money like your male counterparts? A job in the skilled trades may be just the ticket. In construction, for example, women earn about 99% of men’s pay.
In many of the skilled trades, the gender wage gap is almost nonexistent, making the trades especially attractive for women. (Credit: Aerogondo2/Shutterstock)