College-Educated Flock To Skilled Manual Labor

06/15/2010 01:38 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Carol Morello

They started out studying aerospace engineering, creative writing and urban planning. But somewhere on the path to accumulating academic credentials, they decided that working with their hands sounded more pleasant -- and lucrative -- than a lot of white-collar work. So bye-bye to term papers and graduate theses, and hello to apprenticeships to become plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics and carpenters.