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Though most blue-collar jobs don’t require a college degree, they may require a high school diploma or a general education development certificate. In addition, many blue-collar employees need specialized skills or expertise that relate to the job they’re performing. While these jobs are often more physically demanding, they can provide a high level of job satisfaction and high-pay. In addition, they typically don’t require a college education.

What do tradespeople earn?


electrical career pathElectricians – average annual pay is $59,080/year. Experienced trades people can make over $100,000.* Primary Duties: Electricians install and repair electrical wiring and lighting systems that are often found in homes, factories or businesses. They inspect industrial equipment and electrical components such as circuit breakers to ensure they’re properly maintained and operating safely. Explore Available Electrician Openings. Check out current US job openings.



HVAC career pathHVAC Techs and Installers – average annual pay is $52,650/year. Experienced trades typically double that number.*  HVAC employment is expected to grow at 15% through 2026. Primary Duties: HVAC technicians or HVAC installers work to install, maintain, repair, or replace air conditioners, climate control systems, heating equipment, ventilation units, refrigeration equipment, and more ~ assembling and installing HVAC/R units in residential or commercial buildings. Check out current job openings.


plumbing career pathPlumbers and Pipefitters – average annual pay ranges from $45,000 to $57,000. Projected job growth ranges from 12% to 14% through 2026. Primary Duties: A plumber or pipefitter assembles, repairs and removes pipes, faucets and toilets. They test plumbing systems to ensure they’re working properly. Plumbers and pipefitters also use blueprints to help them locate service panels and make proper repairs. Check out current job openings.



Appliance Repair – Home appliance repair technicians make $45,000 to $55,000 yearly. Projected job growth is 8 percent by 2030.

Residential Construction – Tradeseople can make $45,000 annually. Experienced tradespeople can make well over $100,000. Employment of residential construction is poised to grow by 8 percent into 2030.

Facility Maintenance – Earnings range from $45,000 and $59,080 a year. These specialized positions are projected to grow at  12 to 15 percent through 202.

Solar Techs – The average solar photovoltaic installer entering the trade can make $44,890 annually. This high-demand sector is expected to grow by 51 percent into 2029.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

We talk to trades people every day and help them find their next career move. We also train people and help them find their first job in the skilled trades. No matter what stage your job-search is in, talk to us about your next move. Call 512-354-1109 today. Contact us today for an Introduction to Your Future Career in the Skilled Trades.

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