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Shortages Loom in Skilled Trades Staffing

It was recently reported that the Boy Scouts of America are starting to learn skilled trades to be prepared for a possible job opportunities down the line. For two or three generations, the focus has been to go to college, earn a 4-year degree, and ensure a bright future. As a result, the skilled trades workforce has aged with few people coming in to replace the vacant positions. According to ManPowerGroup, skilled trade positions, such as welders, machinists, and electricians, are more difficult to fill than positions in nursing, web design, and even engineering.

 

While a college education is a great investment, if you do not have the money or drive to attend 4 years of college, looking into trade schools might be a great idea. This goes for those who are unemployed as well; it may be time to pick up a new skill for your job search. It also helps to show that you haven’t just been sitting around while looking for work. School shows you are proactive and eager to learn and grow yourself as an individual and potential employee. You could close a great door of opportunity if you assume that blue collar skilled trades jobs means low wages and meaningless work.

 

Below are the 10 highest paying blue collar jobs according to Forbes.


1. Elevator Installers and Repairers

Annual income (average): $74,140
Top 10%: $106,450
Total employed in field: 19,700

 

2. Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay

Annual income (average): $67,380
Top 10%: $88,790
Total employed in field: 23,920

 

3. Transportation Inspectors

Annual income (average): $66,470
Top 10%: $111,780
Total employed in field: 24,310

 

4. Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers

Annual income (average): $62,280
Top 10%: $89,020
Total employed in field: 112,450

 

5. Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

Annual income (average): $60,730
Top 10%: $83,040
Total employed in field: 41,020

 

6. Surveyors

Annual income (average): $59,180
Top 10%: $90,920
Total employed in field: 40,190


7. Subway and Streetcar Operators

Annual income (average): $58,220
Top 10%: $73,590
Total employed in field: 8,750

 

8. Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas

Annual income (average): $56,540
Top 10%: $84,390
Total employed in field: 25,090

 

9. Boilermakers

Annual income (average): $55,830
Top 10%: $79,970
Total employed in field: 17,660

 

10. Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians

Annual income (average): $55,690
Top 10%: $76,660
Total employed in field: 119,160

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