Education Beyond High School Needed to Fill Michigan’s Most-wanted Professional Trades

In Michigan, all top high-wage, high-demand professional trades careers require education or training beyond high school, according to a new initiative by state leaders.
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All top high-wage, high-demand professional trades careers in Michigan require training or education after high school, according to state leaders, who are working on initiatives to fill these positions. // Stock photo

In Michigan, all top high-wage, high-demand professional trades careers require education or training beyond high school, according to a new initiative by state leaders.

As part of the initiative, Michigan has launched the Going PRO campaign to help employers fill more than 811,000 jobs in fields such as information technology and computer science, health care, manufacturing, and other business and professional trades fields.

Most recently, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called for 60 percent of Michigan residents to achieve postsecondary credentials by 2030, including apprenticeships, on-the-job training, certificates, or associate degree programs for in-demand careers. About 15,000 jobs are available each year in the state’s top 25 professional trades.

“We want students to not only know what high-wage, high-demand career opportunities are available right here in Michigan, but to also prepare them for the best path to learn and train for those careers after high school,” says Stephanie Beckhorn, acting director of the Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan.

“With more than 500,000 professional trades jobs coming open through 2024, it’s critical that we educate students and job seekers on the typical education needed for that profession. When we talk about careers in the professional trades, we are talking about careers in high-tech, high-demand industries that will position our state as a leader in innovation.”

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