Benefits of Working a Skilled Trade
Education is becoming somewhat of a problem in a number of countries, especially in the United States. That statement can mean a number of things, such as cost of tuition, retention rates, and financial aid issues. One of the big problems with education, though, is that there’s too much of it.

I’m not saying that education is a bad thing - far from it. What I am saying, however, is that higher education has become the norm, rather than the exception. The college-educated workforce has risen exponentially in the past few years, and for good reason. Financial aid has grown, and colleges have been offering scholarships to a lot more people. The one problem we run into, however, is the over-inflation of this educated workforce fighting over the same limited number of jobs. 

This, along with the rejuvenation of the US housing market, has led to somewhat of a new rise in the blue-collar workforce. This includes skilled laborers such as contractors, plumbers, woodworkers, industrial tank cleaning, etc. People who work with their hands are in demand because the country is now buying and building again. What was once thought of as a less than desirable work option is now becoming a sought after career. 

A lot of college students are graduating to either no jobs or unpaid internships. To join the skilled labor workforce, however, all it usually takes is a two-year associate’s degree or an apprenticeship with an established laborer. Let’s look at some of the benefits of working in a skilled trade. 

Low Competition 
Only around 6% of high school students plan on going into skilled trade after they graduate, according to Reliable Plant. While it wasn't traditionally viewed as a competitive option for work, the lack of competition now and the rise of the need for these kinds of laborers means that anyone who goes into it can potentially have a lot of work, and money, on their hands.

Gain Experience 
If the skilled labor force isn't for you, you can at least try it for a while. Gain experience and life skills from your apprenticeship or business. If you choose to apply for a better job or a four-year college later in life, they highly value the experiences and life skills gained from having different jobs and responsibilities. 

Plenty of Opportunity
While it all depends on the individual job you eventually get yourself into, almost everywhere in the world needs skilled laborers. There will always be construction, repairs, or other blue collar work needed to be done, so if there’s little work around your area, you can easily just pick up and move. Do you love to travel and/or live in different places? Skilled labor is a great way to do that. A lot of different places hire skilled laborers for short periods of time to get projects done, giving you the opportunity to travel and live abroad for a while and still make money. 

So, if college is not for you, or if you can’t quite get a job out of college, don’t hesitate to look into the skilled trades. It doesn't carry the negative stigma that it used to and chances are, you’ll be successful with it. 

Author Bio;
This post was written by Eric Kneff, an associate of Waterline. For more information about industry jobs, visit their site on the link above

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