6 Reasons You Should Consider a Skilled Trade Career

By on January 22, 2019

From Kaempf & Harris:  In today’s competitive world, most people believe that a four-year college education is required for a stable career. (It’s even better if you attend graduate school to earn a master’s or doctorate.) For certain professions, advanced degrees– and the bill that comes with it – are required even to enter into the entry levels of certain professions. However, an advanced degree, or even a traditional four-year degree, isn’t a necessity to make a good living.

Cue a skilled trade career. From specialty metal fabrication and architectural custom work to plumbing and HVAC, the opportunities are endless. Here are a few reasons why you should consider a skilled trade career:

  1. You gain experience immediately. To some people, the thought of spending four more years learning in a classroom isn’t appealing. They’d rather get into the “real world” and build their resume with experience instead of education. With skilled trade careers, apprentices are immediately thrown into hands-on projects. No more vying for coffee-toting internships because you’re immediately on the floor learning from skilled professionals.
  2. The price tag is reasonable. A lot of people don’t consider higher education because of its hefty price tag. According to The College Board, the average cost of tuition at a public college for an in-state student is about $10,000 per year. If you’re an out-of-state student or at a private school, college gets even more expensive.

    By earning an associate’s degree at a trade school or community college, many students graduate with little or no debt. There are also scholarships, grants and loans available. While many college graduates leave school with little real world experience and a mountain of student loan debt, those that pursue skilled trade careers carry less debt burden and accumulate real world experience and applicable skills while learning on the job.

  3. It takes half the time. While four-year college students are still in the classroom, trade skill students are out of the classroom and making money after two years. Speaking of money…

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