It takes the right set of skills, a keen interest, and plenty of dedication to tackle any career. Some require a college degree just to get an entry-level position. But when it comes to the skilled trades, it can take a lot less time to get a good-paying job and cost less overall to learn the basics. Whether you or someone in your life is considering this line of work, we’ve put together some of the top reasons that a career in the trades could be the right move.
What are the Trades
Everything from nursing and electrician, to auto mechanic, phlebotomist, programmer, and welder is part of the skilled trades. They include industrial trades, service trades, mechanical trades, and construction trades. Check out our article on defining the skilled trades for more.
You’ll Gain Experience
In some trade careers, apprenticeships give you the chance to earn a living while you learn the trade. You could also receive certification for your chosen field.
You’ll be in Demand
Those working in the skilled trades are in demand, especially with Baby Boomers retiring and a huge need for new, skilled professionals to build homes, care for the elderly, maintain plumbing, install wiring, and more.
According to an ongoing U.S. News report on careers and finances, unemployment rates for trade careers is lower than the national average overall. For example, the unemployment rate for skilled plumbers is 3.2%, while the national average for all jobs is 6.7% as of December 31, 2020. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 6 out of the top 10 fastest-growing occupations were among the trades. Additionally, 14 of the top 20 were trade careers. Wind turbine service technician topped the list for potential career growth with a 61% growth rate over the next 10 years.
Looking to move to another region of the country? First, we’ll miss you at Coastal. But second, the trades are in demand across the county. That’s not expected to change anytime soon.
It's Cost-Effective and Quick to Start
Whether you choose to attend a community college for two years to get an associate degree, find a trade school with a year or less timeframe, or simply learn on the job, you’ll be working in your chosen career years sooner than you would with the traditional college route.
Trades People Earn a Good Living
While average pay per trade varies by region in the U.S., overall skilled trades earn a good living much sooner than careers that require a college degree. U.S. News & World Report has cited that entry-level college graduates frequently earn less than $50,000, while entry-level trade jobs often earn more. Of course, earning potential over a lifetime varies by career and education. But, most trade professionals are not saddled with mountains of student loan debt, allowing them to buy homes and vehicles and start families sooner.
You’ll Get to Work Inside and Out
Trade jobs are not limited to the outdoors. Depending on the chosen trade, careers can have you working inside as well. Another bonus of trade careers is the daily activity and exercise they offer. The more you move every day, the better it can be for your personal health and longevity.
Get Your Trade Gear at Coastal
Stop by today and go home with all the workwear you need at your Northwest owned and operated Coastal. That includes the shirts, pants, gloves, boots, hats, and jackets to keep you safe and comfortable in any weather and career. Looking for scrubs for you line of work? Coastal carries modern scrubs from brands like Carhartt and WonderWink. Stop by and get what you need today.