Many people believe that having a college degree is necessary to have a good career. But this is just not the case. There are definitely some high paying jobs that require a degree, but there are also many well paying jobs in the trades. In fact, for many of these jobs, the pay is comparable to positions that require a college degree.
Here are some reasons why you should consider a job in the skilled trades.
1. Learn by doing
With a skilled trade, you learn on the job while you are earning money as an apprentice. You learn by doing, rather than sitting in a classroom watching someone lecture. And, while you are working, you are earning your way to a certificate.
Rather than just absorbing a lot of theory, facts, and information, you are getting real world experience as you learn a trade.
2. Lower costs
The cost of a college education has been rising for many years, as is well known. The tuition at a public university is now at least $10,000 a year or more, and the cost of private universities can be four or five times that amount. Many students graduate with a mountain of debt that takes them years to pay off.
By contrast, the cost of learning a trade is much less, and there are loans and grants available. Students finish their training with much less debt.
3. Less time
While earning a college degree takes at least four years, you can complete your training in a trade in about half that time.
4. The money is good
As mentioned, the pay for a job in the trades is good, rivaling that of a white-collar job. For example, the starting salary for a newly minted sheet metal worker is more than $52,000 a year. Tradespeople with more experience command even higher salaries.
That compares very favorably with many entry-level white-collar jobs, which average around $50,000 a year.
5. Good job security
There is always a strong demand for tradespeople. And, with the Baby Boomer generation retiring, there are more jobs than ever available. Even during a downturn in the economy, people and businesses still need welders, plumbers, carpenters, and other tradespeople.
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