Skilled trades like HVAC, electrical, and plumbing are in high demand. A shortage of workers is one of the main problems facing businesses working in the trades. In addition, like many occupations, the trades are facing a wave of retirements creating further opportunities for those entering the field. Pay scales are high and increasing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows average wages of between $50,000-$60,000 for skilled trades. Top performers can earn twice as much or more.
The trades feature equal-opportunity employers. Women are in high demand. The shortage of skilled trade workers means companies need every applicant they can get. The trades lead to many opportunities for advancement as well as providing a solid foundation for someday opening your own business. Job security is better than ever in the trades.
Demand for workers is far outpacing supply which means job opportunities continue to be available.