There are some very good reasons these days to work in the trades, but before you know the top reasons, you should consider what careers make up “the trades.” Basically, skilled trades are those jobs or occupations that require a special skill or ability. Training for skilled trades can be from a technical school or college, or on-the-job. But the job does not require a four-year college degree.
Skilled trades can be in one of three areas:
- Industrial trades, like mechanics or machinists, welders, or tool and dye makers
- Construction trades, like carpenters, plumbers, electricians, bricklayers or insulators
- Service trades, like some nursing positions, aides, orderlies and some therapists
Mike Rowe, famous for his TV show “Dirty Jobs,” started his Mike Rowe Works Foundation to promote skilled labor. He says “skilled workers make civilized life possible.” From his website: