Skilled Trades Program

Going into a Skilled Trades Program

There has been a common theme that has been communicated and taken at face value for decades now and that is that you have to get a college degree if you want to make a good living. 

Today's career landscape would beg to differ. Going into a skilled trades program - or vocational training or even an apprenticeship — can absolutely lead to great and oftentimes even better career opportunities. Furthermore, joining a skilled trade can mean job security, even during market upheavals, like a recession. Also, the current (very) high demand for skilled trade workers leads to relatively high wages that grow over time.

In terms of annual salary, skilled trades programs can beat out many college degrees. Especially, with the high demand for skilled workers in many industries. 

The BLS reports
that over half of the nation's 20 fastest-growing occupations between 2020-2030 do not require a bachelor's degree. A few of these include solar photovoltaic installers, exercise trainers, motion picture projectionists, and makeup artists.

Life Considerations for the Skilled Trade Path

Look at the sliders to review this career path to see if it makes sense for your situation, needs, and wants.

Autonomy/Independent Work
Collaboration/Group Work
Clock in and Out
Accomplish Things
Foundation to success
I can learn on the job
Not important
Very important
A little is OK
It's an investment in myself
A job well done
On location
Desk job
On the go
On the job
In a classroom
I can wait
Be a boss

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