Talent shortages are making headlines today but have been felt by the skilled trades for decades. With Baby Boomers retiring at staggering rates (40% of American workers are expected to wrap up by 2030), the situation is only poised to get worse before it gets better.
Unsurprisingly, this shortage in skilled trade talent is contributing to problems nationwide, from halts in private projects to major infrastructure delays. However, talent shortages do hold some silver linings for people who make a career in the trades – or are considering one. Are you getting ready to graduate, or exploring a career change? There are more reasons than ever before to consider a trades career.
- Not cut out for manual labor? No problem. When we discuss trades careers, we’re not just talking field work. From project management to accounting to HR to IT to support staff, the trades – like all industries – require a wide variety of specialties and roles that encompass a full spectrum of job descriptions.
- Steady work. According to a 2019 Forbes story, more than 3 million skilled trades jobs will be open in 2028. This fact underscores a resounding truth: No matter what else is happening in the world, infrastructure is always needed. As a result, our industry – though it endures ups and downs like all – generally weathers economic fluctuations better than most. See: Above-average employment stability for everyone in the industry but especially for those who perform essential manual labor.
- Competitive pay. The high demand for skilled laborers has driven up wages that were already competitive. According to 2021 Bureau of Labor Statistics, carpenters average upward of $50,000 annually, while power lineman on average earn more than $70,000 a year. Add the fact that many trade careers don’t require a four-year degree, and financial arguments for this industry make more and more sense.
- Dignity and respect. For years the trades were seen as a last resort, or “less than,” or unfit for academic achievers. That’s changing. As infrastructure ages, perceptions shift, and bachelor degrees increasingly underdeliver on ROI, the importance of builders, makers, and engineers – and the professionals who support them – is becoming more recognized.
- Less screen time and sitting. Sitting has been called the “new smoking” – a testament to its negative impact on health. Screen time is also proving detrimental to eyes, necks, and posture. In sum, sitting at screens all day comes with physical drawbacks, and while some trades careers are desk-based, many aren’t. Individuals who prefer to move and to be on-the-go are especially encouraged to look into the trades.
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