How do you earn an apprenticeship qualification

Apprentice or high school graduate: who earns better?

In many cases, completing an apprenticeship provides the opportunity to start an attractive career. In the first few years of employment, the salaries of some apprenticeships are even higher than those of some academics in the same age group, especially in the comparison between employees with a technical apprenticeship degree and graduates of social science studies. The higher salaries of technicians are a clear expression of the high demand from companies.

For further careers, however, employees with a higher level of education usually have better career opportunities. From an age group in their mid / late 20s at the latest, the Matura is extremely important for professional advancement. Those people who have completed an apprenticeship start their professional life as well as high school graduates, but after five to ten years of work they have significantly fewer opportunities for further professional development if they do not catch up with the high school diploma. In this respect, it is important that learning does not stop when the apprenticeship is completed.

Academics preferred

In large companies in particular, academics are still preferred for management positions. In many cases, a completed degree is the formal prerequisite for having the chance of an absolute top position. Non-academics usually have to achieve a multiple of their performance in order to make up for the lower level of training with practical experience.

In most cases, it is irrelevant which training an employee completed before studying. It is more a question of personal inclination whether an employee first completed an apprenticeship or attended an HTL, HAK or AHS.

The apprenticeship as a start

A certain education does not guarantee a successful career, but it does facilitate the entry into a certain position. Qualified apprentices who do their job well and fit in personally well into the team have a much easier time entering the world of work than AHS high school graduates, whose training is usually just preparation for a course of study.

An apprenticeship offers all professional opportunities as long as it is seen as the start of a successful career and not as a degree. (Conrad Pramböck,, November 22, 2014)