Why Choose The Trades?
On the Job Training
While many career paths require years of spending lots of money on schooling, the plumbing, HVAC, and electrical fields allow you to be trained, while on the job, and making money. Not only do skilled tradespeople begin to earn while they are at the apprentice level, they also forgo significant tuition payments and debt from student loans because all of their instruction is hands-on and done while on the job.
Becoming a skilled tradesperson in the plumbing, HVAC, or electrical fields has great earning potential.
- Plumbers. In 2011, the average plumber made approximately $52,000. With that said, Time Magazine points out that in cities across the US, such as New York, LA, Chicago and Boston, plumbers are in high demand and can make up to $250,000/year! (www.bls.gov)
- HVAC Technicians. The average HVAC technician made over $42,000 in 2010, with the top 10% of the industry earning approximately $67,000. Overtime pay is also a great benefit during extreme temperatures, giving you the chance to work more and earn extra money. (www.bls.gov)
- Electricians. The average electrician in the United States makes just over $48,000 a year. (www.bls.gov)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for skilled tradespeople will explode in the next ten years:
- Plumbers. Employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Construction of buildings and the need for new septic systems should drive demand for these workers. Overall job opportunities are expected to be good as some employers continue to report difficulty finding qualified workers. (www.bls.gov)
- HVAC Technicians. Employment of qualified technicians is expected to increase 34% from 2010-2020. This predicted growth is based on the need for new climate-control systems, the large number of existing systems that will need to be replaced and the increasingly complex technology of newer systems. (www.bls.gov)
- Electricians. Employment of electricians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. As homes and businesses require more wiring, electricians will be needed to install the necessary components. Electricians with the widest variety of skills should have the best job opportunities. (www.bls.gov)
Jobs are Available Now
You have the opportunity to immediately find a job when you consider a career in the plumbing, HVAC, or electrical fields. The demand for skilled tradespeople in these industries continues to grow across the USA.
Opportunity for Advancing Your Career
Choosing a career as a skilled tradesperson presents you with an exciting professional path that promises job security and excellent earnings potential. Along with these great perks, hardworking, committed tradespeople are rewarded with high advancement potential within their field. From any starting point in the plumbing, HVAC, or electrical industries, you can climb the career ladder to gain more responsibility and ultimately make more money.