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What Skilled Trades Jobs Are in Demand

Which skills are in high demand?

One of the best ways to find a job is to have a skill that is in high demand, but finding out which skills are in high demand now, and are likely to be in high demand in the future, can be difficult. After all, no one can accurately predict the future, no matter how many crystal balls they might have. But you can use information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in the Department of Labor to get a good overview, and an estimate of industry trends to help you know what skills are needed now and how much the demand is expected to be in the next several years. The BLS has a page on their website called “Occupational Outlook Handbook.You can use this page to search various occupations by wage, required education level, type of training required, number of new jobs projected and the projected growth rate. You can even browse various occupations by the highest paying, fastest growing and most new jobs. Right now, the fastest growing occupations are solar photovoltaic installers, wind turbine service technicians and four categories in the medical field: home health aides, personal care aides, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

But just because their growth rate in terms of a percentage is high, it does not mean that the number of projected jobs is high. When you look at the fields with the most new jobs projected (2016-26), only personal care aids with 777,600 new jobs and home health aides with 431,200 new jobs make the list. For example: even though the number of jobs for solar photovoltaic installers is expected to grow 105 percent by 2026, that is only 500 new jobs in a 10-year period. Put another way, 50 new jobs a year across 50 states. So, when you are looking at potential careers on the BLS pages, you must look at both percentage growth and actual projected number of jobs in order to find out the ones with the most realistic demand. Another great tool the BLS has is median pay for each position it lists. Remember, median pay means half the people in the occupation make more and half the people make less. It is not the same as the average.

What Skilled Trades Jobs Are in Demand

Bureau of Labor Statistics Chart

We have gathered some information from the BLS for you in this chart. It shows which trades have the highest projected employment. You can use it to see which occupations might interest you. And when you go to the BLS page and click on a specific position, it gives you even more information, like what the job actually does, the work environment and how to become one.

Skilled Trades in Demand 2016-2026

Occupation

2016 employment

2026 projected new employment

% growth

Hand Laborers, Material Movers

3,932,000

271,700

7%

Construction Laborers

1,449,400

180,500

12%

Carpenters

1,025,600

83,800

8%

Plumbers, Pipefitters, Steamfitters

480,600

75,200

16%

Electricians

666,900

59,600

9%

HVACR Mechanics, Installers

332,900

48,800

15%

Masonry Workers

292,500

34,200

12%

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, Brazers

404,800

22,500

6%

Painters

381,500

21,900

6%

Line Installers, Repairers

227,000

18,400

8%

Roofers

146,200

16,200

11%

Sheet Metal Workers

138,900

12,000

9%

Ironworkers

90,300

11,400

13%

 

Hopefully this chart will help give you some idea as to which career you may want to start, maybe change, or even just advising others towards a specific industry. These occupations are all predicted to have a decent amount of growth, but still consider choosing wisely! Getting a job that you want is always the best feeling, but getting a job that fits into the career of your dreams is even better... So give us a try! Supplement Staffing loves helping people find jobs, but we like helping you establish a career even more. Find out how you can get the career of your dreams, even if you have been out of that industry or workforce for awhile!

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Re-Entering the Workforce, Gaining Experience, Changing Jobs, Leaving a Job, Skilled Trades

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