The Index: Earning While Learning

A yellowed apprenticeship stamp depicting two hands, one handing a key to the other. It says "National Apprenticeship Program United States 4¢" around the edge.


From coast to coast and industry to industry, apprenticeships are changing lives

AS MORE AND more companies discover the great potential and flexibility of apprenticeships, more and more Americans of all races, genders, ages, and educations will find themselves thriving in careers they once thought were beyond them. Here, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor, are some data snapshots of the national state of Registered Apprenticeships today. (Fyi, the illustration above is the 1962 stamp commemorating the 25th anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act):


  • 641,044: Number of active apprentices in the continental U.S. in fiscal year 2024

  • 43,089: Number of apprentices in cybersecurity-related occupations nationwide in 2023

  • 28,155: Number of apprentices in the manufacturing industry as of 2/29/24

  • 1,798: Number of apprentices in the agriculture industry in 2022

  • 13,539: Number of apprentices in the energy industry in 2021, nearly double the number from eight years before

  • 1,300: Number of apprentices working in the financial services industry in 2022, a 340 percent increase over the previous nine years

  • 200,400: Number of apprentices working in the construction industry in 2022

  • 6,681: Number of apprentices in the transportation industry in 2022

  • 143,581: Number of apprentices working in Public Administration as of 2/29/24

  • 73,147: Number of apprentices in educational services in the U.S. as of 2/29/24

  • 20,779: Number of apprentices in the healthcare industry in 2022, up from 6,000 in 2018

  • 2,669: Number of apprentices in the hospitality industry in 2021, up significantly from eight years earlier

  • 64.53%: Percentage of U.S. apprentices who are high school graduates (including equivalency)

  • 15.61%: Percentage of U.S. apprentices with some college or Associate’s degree

  • 25-54: Age range of 57.03 percent of U.S. apprentices

  • 41.38%: Percentage of U.S. apprentices age 24 and under

  • 4.6 million: Number of jobs that 5G is expected to create in the telecom industry over the next 15 years, requiring training