Skilled Trades

What Is a Trade Job?

A trade job is any occupation typically requiring specialized skills learned through advanced training, rather than a 4-year college or university. Common types of career preparation for trades jobs include vocational training at a trade school, apprenticeship or on-the-job training.[1] Trades jobs in the construction and manufacturing industries are often referred to as “skilled trades.” […]

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The State of Skilled Trades in Texas: 2019-2020 Construction Industry Update

Where might welders, pipefitters, electricians and other skilled tradespeople have some of the best job opportunities in the country right now? The Lone Star State, Texas. Texas continues to be one of the leading states in terms of job growth[1]—particularly when it comes to the construction industry. The sector’s job outlook for 2019-2020 is exceptionally […]

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The State of Skilled Trades in Florida: 2019-2020 Update

Construction firms across the U.S. report struggling to find skilled tradespeople, and the situation is especially dire in Florida.[1][2] The problem even has a name, the skilled trades shortage. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering training to become a welder, electrician or HVAC technician in Florida in 2019 or 2020. Is There […]

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What Is Technical Training? Career Prep Alternatives to College

The skilled labor shortage, the middle-skill gap and new-collar jobs—what do all these have in common?[1] They deviate from the notion that college is the only path to a good career. America’s labor market is evolving rapidly. Companies need workers with the right skills, and NOW. So many, in fact, the problem has been dubbed […]

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Could Generation Z Help Solve the Skilled Trades Shortage?

Today, Baby Boomers make up a large proportion of our nation’s skilled trades workers, and they’re either retiring or plan to soon. This wouldn’t be a problem if enough younger workers replaced them, but that hasn’t been the case. Workers aged 25 to 44 years old have largely opted to pursue other career paths, which […]

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5 Tips for a Successful Career Change into a Skilled Trade

Wish your work was more meaningful? Feel like your skills could be put to a better use than in your current job? Always had bigger and better dreams for yourself? You’re not alone. These are some of the reasons Americans change careers.[1] If you’ve heard about the skilled trades shortage and are thinking of turning […]

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6 HVAC Career Trends to Follow in 2019

Change is common in most industries, especially those where technology plays a big role. This is certainly the case with the field of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, or what’s commonly known as HVAC and HVAC/R.[1][2] Following industry trends can help HVAC professionals make the most out of their careers. It can provide insights […]

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What Is the Green New Deal and How Could It Impact Skilled Trades Workers?

Remember learning about the New Deal in history class? It’s how President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave Americans jobs and the country’s infrastructure a makeover during the Great Depression.[1] Inspired by the success of that program, legislators today are proposing a “Green New Deal” to create jobs while combating climate change. Specifically, the program could create […]

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How Technical Training Can Help Fill the Middle-Skills Gap

What do electrical, welding and HVAC careers all have in common? Healthy job growth and wages[1][2][3] Active work[4] Require more than a high school diploma but less than a 4-year degree.[5][6][7] Fields experiencing a skilled labor shortage[8] Notice the opportunity in the similarities between these three careers? You’re not alone. And what could be a […]

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Which Skilled Trades Career Is Right for You?

Have you heard the news? The skilled trades shortage is getting worse. From 2015 to 2018, the number of U.S. employers struggling to find workers with the right skills jumped from 32 percent to 46 percent. That’s nearly half of employers in the country. The skills gap is worst in the trades. Positions for welders, […]

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