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Developing Skills for Career Success

About half of the jobs in the labor market require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree. These jobs are commonly known as “middle-skill” jobs since they land between requiring a high school diploma and a four-year degree. They include the skilled trades and generally offer solid wages along with pathways for advancement. The skills required for these jobs can be developed in an apprenticeship or other job-training program, or by obtaining a postsecondary industry credential, often through a community college.

Middle-skill jobs include:

  • Aircraft mechanic
  • Carpenter
  • Computer support specialist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Electrician
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Firefighter
  • Heating and air conditioning installer
  • Heavy truck driver
  • Industrial machinery mechanic
  • Legal secretary
  • Machinist
  • Medical lab technician
  • Police officer
  • Plumber

Training and preparation for many middle-skill jobs is provided through apprenticeship programs and California Community College certificate programs.

For more information, check out Industry Certification