Are Trade Jobs the Careers of the Future?


When most people talk about ambition and future careers, common professions that fly around the room include being a lawyer, doctor, accountant, and other roles that require an extensive and, not to mention, costly education. Nowadays, however, the job market for skilled trades are rising significantly and is prying more and more students away from the traditional four-year route. Nonetheless, it is crucial that research and plan for a trade job that has actual potential for the future. Here are the top four trade jobs that show promise, according to experts.




Unlike products and services that trended and then sharply fell almost in an instant, housing is here to stay. It's a basic necessity that every human being on earth has a right to. Thus it only makes sense that people who are skilled and experienced in maintaining structural components of houses are and will stay in huge demand over the years to come. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters can make up to $52,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. From 2014 to 2024, the market is expected to grow by a faster-than-average 12 percent.




Training to become an electrician generally starts through an apprenticeship program. Some intensive programs can last up to four years, which is similar to a bachelor's degree, but keep in mind that apprenticeship programs are paid for, so you're actually getting paid while also getting experience under your belt.


HVAC Technician


HVAC technicians work on installing, maintaining, and repairing heating and air conditioning systems in residential and commercial properties. According to Classic Air Conditioning and Heating, an HVAC technician can make $42,000 per year, with more experienced technicians in the industry making upwards of $60,000. While it's not required to have a college degree, you must get licensed and EPA certified.


Web Developers


Although web developer jobs came much later than the first two on our list, the rapid pace that this job market has grown to merits it a position in the list of promising trade jobs of the future. As society moves forward to more technologically advanced infrastructures, the need for skilled professionals who can speak code and can maintain these systems are becoming increasingly apparent.

Aside from these four trade jobs, there are countless more you can choose from that may better fit your interests and skill set. From boilermakers to construction managers to crane operators, the range of professions you can explore and make money in are endless.

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