Do You Want to Be in Demand?

Do you want to be in demand? Do you want to be a problem solver? Are you interested in working with your hands? Do you want a higher than average salary after graduation? All of these questions can be answered by pursuing a career in the industrial trades. The demand is high and promises to remain high for a decades.

This week I had a chance to talk to some department coordinators at multiple community colleges and trade schools. I need to hire employees in two major markets across the country, and am getting very few applicants. My plan was to talk to instructors to see if they can refer any good candidates.

This is a perfect illustration of how the demand is high for skilled labor in multiple fields. The instructors I spoke with all had examples of their students being hired right away after completing their training. They mentioned several examples of salaries over $50,000 and even one that earned over $100,000 in their first year!

While the demand for trade school education is high, enrollment still seems to be low. Most of the data that I read shows that trade school enrollment has been declining over the last 6 years. The educators that I interviewed see more adults than college age students enrolling in their programs. This tells me that students are not realizing the value of a trade degree or a career in the trades.

More Questions to Consider:

How Long will it Take to Earn $40,000 to $60,000 a Year?

If you are looking for white collar work, you will most often need a 4-year degree. That degree comes with a higher price tag and the job availability isn’t as high. It seems that everyone wants to do these jobs, but they aren’t as readily available.

In the Skilled Trades, you can be earning this kind of money or more in two years or less. In the construction and industrial trades, you often just need to demonstrate competent experience. Much of that can be gained while you are in high school.

Would having a Skill that is in High Demand be a Valuable Asset?

Let’s say you get a great job as a welder but you don’t want to be a welder forever. Your dream job is to be a musician. Most people know that it is difficult to become a full-time musician, especially a musician that gets paid! However, if you have a skill that earns you $40,000 to $50,000 a year within just a few months of high school, all of a sudden, it’s much easier to pursue your dream of becoming a full-time musician.

Can a Skilled Labor Job Lead to Greater Things?

Here are a couple of examples. I know a young man who is an Industrial Maintenance Technician. Because of his current work ethic and job performance, he is being considered for promotion in the company he works for. He will likely be looking at a “white collar” job in the near future.

One of the stories I heard this week was of a young man that was hired as a field technician for an HVAC company. He was hired at $75,000 a year. However, when they realized that he had sales experience as well, they also gave him a sales position where he earned a commission. This has put him over $100,000 a year!

With the number of skilled labor technicians across the country that are retiring, there is also a growing opportunity for entrepreneurs. If you have the desire to own a business, there is a clear path from technician to business owner. What is cool about this path is that your income is now determined by you!

So do you want to be in Demand? I highly recommend pursuing a trade degree, education, and career. It’s rewarding, it pays well and it opens doors. Give it some thought and give it a try!

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About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!