If you like to roll up your sleeves and get things done, a job in the skilled trades could be for you. From installing new systems to repairing equipment, every day is different.
Kenneth, a graduate of All-State Career’s Baltimore campus, chose a career in HVAC because he always enjoyed working with his hands. Jamal, another Baltimore campus grad, chose HVAC because he enjoyed problem-solving and troubleshooting. Both men say they’re glad they entered the skilled trades because the job is so rewarding.
Consider these reasons that skilled trades make great careers:
- You Can Enter the Field Quickly
Many programs, such as HVAC or welding, can take about a year of instruction to complete, which means you can be on the path to finding an entry-level job quickly. Compare that to an associate’s or bachelor's degree which can take two to four years, or longer, depending on your schedule. In contrast, the skilled trades offer students an opportunity to enter the field quickly.
- You Work with Your Hands
The classroom is only a part of your training. As a skilled trades student, you will get hands-on experience while you learn, with instruction from experienced professionals. You can apply for apprenticeships to gain more knowledge and, in many cases, get paid while you do so. By the time you land a job, you will likely have a variety of skills and some real experience so you can enter the field with confidence.
- It is Technology
The rapid advancement of technology continues to create new opportunities for those educated in the Skilled Trades. For example, wireless technology, smart homes and the Internet of Things (IoT) are increasingly connecting devices, including HVAC systems, to other systems and computerized controls. As a skilled trades technician, you will work with these advanced features like sensors, timers, and self-regulating machinery, that in some cases, can even generate predictive maintenance reports. Students who enter HVAC programs today will usually receive computerized diagnostics training to be able to service and repair today's complex systems. These jobs are a nice blend of hardware and software.
- It is a Field that is In-demand
While salaries and available openings can vary based on your location, experience, and industry, careers in the skilled trades can offer a way to make a good living. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for HVAC installers and mechanics are projected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028. With education, hands-on skills and experience, you can go virtually anywhere and look for work.
When you learn a trade, you gain useful skills that people in today’s world need to keep things running smoothly. If you enjoy being out in the field and working with your hands, a job in the skilled trades might be a good fit for you. All-State Career can help you get started. Click here for more information or call us today at (855) 834-4580 and speak to one of our career counselors.