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Trade Jobs as an Alternative Career Path


Over the last few years, we have seen more people leaving their current jobs in search of new careers. Whether it’s from COVID-19, better pay or finding fulfillment, people are searching for new opportunities. Some are returning to college, but that may not be the right solution for everyone. However, there is another option that is becoming a growing need across the US: learning a trade job.

What was once considered menial blue-collar work is now more in demand than ever before. Whether it’s a plumber, electrician, welder, HVAC technician, mechanic or another trade, there are several careers available. If you are about to graduate school or looking to pivot your career, a trade job may be for you. Here are a few reasons why you should keep this option on the table.

1. The market has a huge need for people with trades

As more baby boomers are retiring, there is a major need for skilled workers that are in short supply. A survey by RIGID showed only 6% of high school students want to have a career in a skilled trade. Thousands of job are open, but there is not enough people to even come close to filling them. There will always be a demand for these skills, so you’ll have lots of opportunities and job security.

2. Trade school is more affordable

On average, college can cost at least $10,000 or more a year. Compare that to trade school, which costs on average $3300 per year and takes 2 years to complete. Many students graduate with little to no debt and can easily apply for grants or loans.

3. You gain experience immediately with trade jobs

While many college graduate leave school with “little real world” experience, people in trade school get hands-on experience while learning. You don’t have to worry about unpaid internships either. While training for certifications, you work with skilled professionals on projects as an apprentice that immediately goes on your resume. Your apprenticeship can also lead to a full-time position where you can continue to hone your craft, even leading to advancement.

4. Trade jobs can make a good living

The average college graduate makes less than $50,000 per year after graduating. Several trades such as sheet metal workers, industrial mechanics, electricians, plumbers and iron workers can start at $50,000. That doesn’t even include a master tradesperson or those with certifications that can boost your pay in certain industries. While salary varies by state, experience and education, a skilled trade job will consistently make a good living.

Because of ongoing labor shortages, trade jobs can provide stable and lucrative careers to the right people. They provide useful experience, low student debt and are always in demand while also giving opportunities for advancement. If you’re interested in learning more, the Bureau of Labor Statistics offers additional information for several trades.

Do you have a skilled trade and are looking for work? Then apply here and we will be happy to get you placed out to work!

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