Many people believe you need a college degree in order to find a stable job. While a college degree is a great accomplishment, many people underestimate the value of learning a trade. With more and more studies showing that isn’t the case some people are turning to trade school to get their education. Below are some examples of the top trades in the United States and why many people are choosing them.
Auto mechanics are one of the better known trades. Along with vehicle repair and maintenance, they also work with the vehicle’s hardware and electronics to ensure everything is in working condition. Most auto mechanics undergo an apprenticeship and a 2 year schooling program. While not necessary, most auto mechanics aim to receive certification of their qualifications for better opportunities. Deciding on this route can accrue a starting salary of around $35,000.
Plumbers are another familiar trade, but perhaps you didn’t know how demanding their work is. Along with fixing leaks, they’re well informed on how to install, repair, and maintain gas and water systems. People pursuing this career require a license and undergo an apprenticeship for 2-5 years along with specialized courses taught at trade schools. A qualified plumber’s salary averages at about $52,950 but can go up the more specialized your training is.
HVAC Mechanics, like those at by Romaniuk Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd, have thorough knowledge on installing, maintaining, and repairing heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment. Licensing is needed, but the requirements vary among the states along with completing a 2-5 year apprenticeship. These type of mechanics can average a salary at about $44,000.
Bricklayers, also known as brick masons, help build and repair walls, buildings, and chimneys. Bricklayers require a high school degree and undergo a 2-3 year apprenticeship program. As with any hands-on job, the more qualified you are the more money you will make. Their salary averages at $45,000 a year and for the time invested in this profession can turn quiet a nice profit for the dedicated mason.
Electrician is another trade most people are familiar with but don’t really know what goes into becoming a professional. Electricians are responsible for installing and making regular assessments of electrical systems and equipment in homes and at commercial locations. All electricians are required to be licensed, which requires a 4 year apprenticeship program along with 144 hours of classroom hours. Their salary averages at $53,030 but if you find a job within a nice industry, you can make up to $65,000+.
Elevator Installers are considered to be the highest paying trade job. Their job involves installing, maintaining, and repairing escalators, dumbwaiters, and elevators. Elevator Installers are required to complete a 4 year apprenticeship program, complete with on-the-job training and vocational school for math, blueprints, and understanding electrical safety. They make, on average, about $70,000 a year.
Pursuing an education is a valiant goal, but it’s important to understand the investment you’re making. Trade jobs require less schooling and more on-the-job training to develop the skills you’ll need in a market that can’t be outsourced. If you feel the conventional route isn’t for you, take a look at what trade programs are available in your area.