While it can be the right path for many people, a four-year college degree isn’t for everyone. We desperately need highly skilled professionals in all fields and trades, and not all those trades are taught in colleges or universities. There are many trades out there, but here are a few to consider. These trades are not only in high demand but can also help you avoid unnecessary student loan debt.
Why welding? Welding is what has made our world what it is today. The current technology would not have been possible without high skilled welders. It continues to be an important specialization that keeps our world moving forward.
Welding makes a good living, is in high demand, doesn’t require four years of college (in fact, employers often prefer that you start as an apprentice), and you get to create amazing things with your hands. There is also a lot of room for growth within the welding business. Once you start, you can keep developing skills and try new types of jobs.
However, if you have your heart set on an office job where you sit all day in a sterile environment, this is definitely not the job for you.
Talk about a skill that has been essential in our modern world—look at our homes! Look at our schools! Look everywhere! Electricians, like welders, are in high demand, get to work with their hands, get on the job training, and make a great living. Their schedules also tend to be flexible; often, they get to be their own boss.
Being an electrician requires careful training for obvious reasons. If something is done incorrectly, it can be devastating. That’s why electricians need to stay on top of the changing national safety standards to be successful. Careful training, research, and precision is required for this field.
Yep. I guess everything on this list is essential to how we operate in the modern world. Plumbers have many of the same pluses of being an electrician: flexible hours, decent pay, job stability, continual learning, and working with your hands. And also like being an electrician, when you are able to help someone with their broken toilet, sink, or bathtub, you are blessing people by doing something for them that they certainly couldn’t do on their own. Being a plumber is extremely rewarding.
Any professional trade requires work and persistence. As with any career path, don’t forget to think it through and figure out what will be best for you. But if you decide on one of these trades, you can also become a world problem solver—all of these trades require on the job problem solving skills. Train hard. These trades are worth it.
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