Jobs of the Future: Blue Collar is Back

By on August 13, 2019

From KHQ:  The future of work may not require a bachelor’s degree to get a good job.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, blue collar work is making a huge comeback and earning white collar wages.

BLS numbers show carpentry, pluming, electrician and welding are among the fasted growing jobs in America.

The Spokane Workforce Council attributes the high demand for skilled labor jobs to the growing economy.

“Trades tend to follow economic cycles a little stronger than other occupations,” said Business and Industry Analyst, Michael McBride. “So when times are good, times are really good. But when times are bad, that’s when you have less construction occurring so you have less jobs.

Of the 10 occupations that are expected to see the most job growth through 2026, only one, a registered nurse, requires a college degree, according to the BLS. To see your preferred job’s forecast, click here.

According to a 2017 Georgetown study that looked at the best jobs that don’t need a bachelors degree in every state, the median pay for skilled non-degree workers in Montana is $57,000 a year. The state’s best jobs not requiring a bachelor’s degree: The natural resources sector including drilling or mining. Green jobs like solar energy are also increasing wages with a median pay of $75,000 a year.

One of the best no-degree necessary lines of work in Idaho is Transportation, paying an average of $60,000 a year.

And in Washington, it’s manufacturing, paying $63,000 annually.

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