Skilled Trades

Why Become an HVAC/R Technician?

Choosing to enter the skilled trades can offer economic stability, advancement, and an environment that doesn’t involve sitting behind a desk. But which to choose? Here are some facts about a career in HVAC/R. Impressive Industry Growth The HVAC/R industry is quickly growing, so there are plenty of opportunities available for trained technicians. The BLS expects […]

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In Demand Skilled Trades Jobs 2016

Many older skilled trades men and women are retiring, leaving positions open for newly trained workers. In fact, the demand is so great in some industries that there is a shortage of skilled talent for those with welding training. Following is an overview of industries that are set to employ skilled trades workers in 2016 […]

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Meet the Real Rosie the Riveters!

The image of Rosie the Riveter, a proud woman flexing her muscles, has survived for generations as a cultural icon. Rosie evolved from a World War II recruitment tool to a symbol of female pride largely because she represented not just one female worker but the strength and determination of the thousands of women who […]

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Non-Traditional Jobs in the Electrical Industry

The work life of electricians and electromechanical technicians doesn’t always revolve around office buildings, homes, or manufacturing plants. Those traditional work environments do depend on the expertise of trained electricians to run efficiently and safely, but they’re not the only places where you can put your electrical or electro-mechanical skills to work. If you’re considering […]

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Welding and HVAC Career Paths

Welding and HVACR installation, maintenance, and repair can be promising career paths. Not only is there demand in these fields, but they also offer the benefit of being able to work with your hands in an active environment. 1 The training period for either of these professions can be relatively short, allowing you to start work […]

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Why Skilled Trades Can Be Great Industries for Women

Many women are rethinking the kind of careers they want. Skilled jobs in construction and manufacturing aren’t traditionally associated with female workers, but women have long played vital parts in these industries. Women Could Earn More in Similar Middle-Skills Positions Unfortunately, women’s career opportunities aren’t necessarily equal. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) points […]

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Getting Young People into Skilled Trades

Welding is one of the industries that will be hit with an expected shortage of 400,000 by the year 2024. 1 Many educational institutions and companies are reaching out to young people and showing them what skilled trades work has to offer. Popularity of Trade Programs on the Rise Some people are starting college only to drop […]

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The Growing Demand for Electricians in Florida

Construction is on the upswing in Florida. Major building projects in Citrus, Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties are creating jobs for construction workers. 1 2 This is an industry where electricians often find work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that there is a greater demand for electricians (47-2111) when construction projects are […]

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Interested in Becoming an Electrician?

Electricians are essential in installing and repairing power and lighting in homes and businesses. If you’re just starting your career or interesting in switching, here are a few facts to consider. Fact: Wages vary across the U.S., but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the median annual wage for Electricians was $51,880 as of […]

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Back to School: Going to Trade School at 40

If you’re over 40 and you’ve been thinking about changing careers, you’re not alone. Surveys have revealed that nearly 80 percent of people were dissatisfied with their jobs in 2010. 1 If you’ve been unhappy in your current position for a while, maybe it’s time for you to make the switch. Studies have shown it’s […]

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