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A Look at the Service Trades

February 20, 2021

There are a lot of career paths for today’s high school and trade school graduates. But not many have as much projected job growth and opportunity as the service industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, millions of new jobs will be added to the economy by 2024 — especially with the creation of pandemic service-related jobs. This week, we’re taking a look at the service industry and what those jobs entail.

Job growth within the service industry is expected to grow by more than 10% year after year for the next decade. Those jobs include healthcare and social assistance professionals, jobs in leisure and hospitality, those who work in wholesale and retail trades, private educators (health and school), transportation and warehousing professionals, financial services providers, computer and information technology experts, counselors (rehabilitation, career, and more), as well as on-demand jobs created or expanded during the pandemic. Employment with the federal government is one of the only jobs within the sector that will likely see a decrease in opportunity.

Exploring Service Trades

The services industry covers a wide range of skilled workers and careers. Associate degrees may be an option, as is on-the-job training. Some industries require licensing.

Clinical Lab Technicians help and assist medical laboratory science professionals. Much of the work is clerical, but necessary in helping patients and advancing medicine. Some states require licensing or an associate degree.

Computer and Information Technology jobs are expected to grow by over 11% per year through 2029. Jobs include security, cloud computing, and more. Education requirements vary by job and employer, but many request an associate degree.

Dental Hygienists are some of the most sought-after professionals in the healthcare industry. A license is required, as is an associate degree focused on the profession including dental x-rays.  

Financial Services Professionals such as bank and credit union tellers help their customers with their basic banking needs, including lending opportunities. On the job training is often preferred. Most require a high school diploma or equivalent.

Hair Stylists give haircuts and style hair (including coloring and other treatments). This career provides a lot of entrepreneurial opportunities as well as additional on-the-job training. Most beauty schools require a high school diploma or equivalent. Training takes around 9 to 12 months to complete.

Nurse (registered, licensed practical, vocational) help assess patients, coordinate care, and administer tests. Licensing is required in all states. A licensed practical nurse (LPN) provides bedside and personal care as directed by a physician or registered nurse.

On-demand Jobs include delivery drivers, warehouse workers who compile, box, and mail packages to homes and businesses, and those who provide over-the-internet services such as fitness classes and education opportunities. Education requirements vary by industry and job. Most require a high school diploma or equivalent.

Personal Trainers (Fitness, Other) offer advice and professional knowledge to individuals seeking help with fitness or personal goals. Personal trainers often earn a specialized certificate that demonstrates some level of competency.

Phlebotomists work in hospitals and other medical environments, including blood donation centers. These professionals draw blood and perform bloodwork. Phlebotomy programs help individuals get into a career quickly.

Social Services Assistants provide services to clients who come to see professionals in psychology, rehabilitation, and other social work. Most require a high school diploma or equivalent.

Wedding and Party Planners help people with the planning, design, and management of a party, wedding, or other large event. While a bachelor’s degree in hospitality is not a requirement, some form of training is preferred by both companies and those who hire the planner.

Coastal Salutes the Service Career 

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