The common message given to children growing up is that a four-year college education is the best way to guarantee a stable career and life. In some families, kids are taught from their elementary years to pursue a bachelor’s, or master’s degree or even a Ph.D.
While a four-year degree can help increase your chances of having a stable career, it isn’t promised. A bachelor’s degree isn’t necessary to make a good living. A career in the trades can provide a person with a good life and a stable career.
Pursuing a four-year degree takes time as you have to complete all credit hours before stepping into the field. This isn’t for everyone. Trade school programs usually last anywhere from six months to two years at a much cheaper price, leaving the program with little to no debt.
As seen during the pandemic, people are always going to need plumbers, HVAC professionals and electricians. Plumbing problems don’t stop because a virus is spreading, and an HVAC unit doesn’t know if a city is under a stay-at-home order.
Breakdowns will happen, so there will always be work to do for a skilled tradesman. The opportunities are endless. If you want guaranteed work, then the skilled trades are for you.
While money isn’t everything, those working in the skilled trades can make a great living doing what they enjoy. While the average college student earns less than $50,000 upon graduating, an entry level trades worker can earn $50,000 or more. A master tradesman is able to earn way above that average.
As previously mentioned, that is a salary without the large amounts of debt that can be gained while earning a college degree. The income ceiling is much higher for blue collar jobs while acquiring the satisfaction of helping people.
If you are a skilled tradesman looking for an opportunity, give Petri Plumbing & Heating a call.