Apprenticeship - Your Key to the Future

Apprenticeship can be a viable alternative to a traditional college degree program, and can result in lifelong skills and good job opportunities. Apprentices get paid while they learn. Learning occurs both on the job and in a regular classroom—so, you apply what you are learning right away through on-the-job experience. This is an excellent way to learn, especially if you don’t enjoy sitting in class for long periods of time. Also, apprenticeships are offered in some of the highest paying fields projected to grow over the next 10 years.

Vermont Needs:
Large Animal Veterinarians:
A small number of private-practice veterinarians work exclusively with large animals, mostly horses or cows; some also care for various kinds of food animals. These veterinarians usually drive to farms to provide veterinary services for herds or individual animals. Much of this work involves preventive care to maintain the health of the animals. These veterinarians test for and vaccinate against diseases and consult with farm owners and managers regarding animal production, feeding, and housing issues. They also treat and dress wounds, set fractures, and perform surgery, including cesarean sections on birthing animals. Veterinarians euthanize animals when necessary. The average wage for a veterinarian in Vermont is $72,200, however becoming one requires 4 years at a college of veterinary medicine after a bachelor’s degree.
Surveyors measure distances, directions, and angles between points and elevations of points, lines, and contours on, above, and below the earth’s surface. In the field they select known survey reference points, and determine the precise location of important features in the survey area. Surveyors research legal records, look for evidence of previous boundaries, and analyze the data to determine the location of boundary lines. They also record the results of surveys, verify the accuracy of data, and prepare plots, maps, and reports. Surveyors who establish boundaries must be licensed by the State in which they work. Surveyors are sometimes called to provide expert testimony in court cases concerning matters pertaining to surveying.  In Vermont, the average wage for surveyors is $46, 200. Becoming a surveyor normally requires 4 years of college.
Physician Assistants:
Physician assistants (PAs) practice medicine under the supervision of physicians and surgeons. They should not be confused with medical assistants, who perform routine clinical and clerical tasks. PAs are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive health care services, as delegated by a physician. Working as members of the health care team, they take medical histories, examine and treat patients, order and interpret laboratory tests and x rays, and make diagnoses. They also treat minor injuries, by suturing, splinting, and casting. PAs record progress notes, instruct and counsel patients, and order or carry out therapy. In 48 States and the District of Columbia, physician assistants may prescribe medications. PAs also may have managerial duties. Some order medical supplies or equipment and supervise technicians and assistants. Physician assistant programs usually last at least 2 years; admission requirements vary by program, but many require at least 2 years of college and some health care experience. In Vermont they make an average wage of $78,560.
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VSAC and the Vermont Department of Labor have launched a new career exploration website. This website was created to help you plan for the future. Have you thought about what career and education opportunities there are for you in Vermont and beyond? The possibilities are endless. Visit the Gateway and unlock your future. This project was funded by a grant from the US Department of Labor.