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Here’s ‘Seven Reasons Why The Skilled Trades May Be The Best Path For Your Teen’ - ‘There Will Be Millions Of Trade Job Openings This Year & A Skills-Based Career Might Be A Great Fit For Your Kid’

Published Sunday, May 8, 2022
by Todd Wilson/GrownAndFlown.com
Here’s ‘Seven Reasons Why The Skilled Trades May Be The Best Path For Your Teen’ - ‘There Will Be Millions Of Trade Job Openings This Year & A Skills-Based Career Might Be A Great Fit For Your Kid’

When you hear Skilled Trades, do you think of low-wage jobs for kids who couldn’t hack college and settled for something else

Well, it’s time to get over that outdated thinking.

High school grads are often pushed into a four-year (or higher) degree, yet only 62% of four-year students graduate after six years. 

Many drop out after their first year.

Meanwhile, high-paying jobs in skills-based occupations sit empty.

There’s something wrong with this picture.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-college - I just don’t believe college is for everyone.

There are 2.5 million Skilled Trade job openings expected this year and they’re not just in construction.

Skills-based career opportunities exist across many industries, including health care, information technology, energy, manufacturing, public services and others.

And the path to reach them is shorter, more focused, and less expensive than the journey to a four-year degree. 

And you don’t have to take my word for it.

People in the Trades tell the real story - of utilizing their skills to earn a good living, working their way up the ranks, even opening their own businesses.

And doing it all with little or no student debt to repay. 

Here are the reasons:

Some Teens Are Happiest Working With Their Hands - Students interested in fields like automotive technology, solar energy or respiratory therapy don’t want to spend all their time in an office or a lecture hall.  Trade Schools, on-the-job Apprenticeships and Workforce Development Programs at local community colleges prioritize hands-on teaching, helping students build the skills they will use in their careers and preparing them to enter the workforce. 

They Can Get A Head Start - Community colleges, Trade Schools and Apprenticeships take two years or less to complete.  That means they enter the workforce earlier than grads of four-year colleges - and gain experience, develop connections and move up the career ladder sooner.  While college students are amassing debt, Tradespeople are earning income

Skills-Based Careers Offer A Good Bang For The Buck - Many entry-level jobs in the Skilled Trades pay upwards of $20 an hour and the wages go up from there.  Consider these median wages from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): Software Developer, $49.82 per hour; Dental Hygienist, $36.65 per hour; Respiratory Therapist, $29.48 per hour; Electrician, $27.01 per hour; and HVAC Technician, $23.43 per hour.  Given the high demand for skilled Electricians, Plumbers, Mechanics and the like, it’s not uncommon for Skilled Tradespeople to open their own business - and earn six figures.

To Continue Reading This Apprenticeship And Training Labor News Story, Go To: https://grownandflown.com/seven-reasons-skilled-trades-best-path-teen/

 

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