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Which High-Paying Trade Job is Right for You?

Post Author Tiffany Williams
Mar 17, 2020 9:53:49 AM
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Over the years, more and more people are choosing to attend college after high school. In fact, by 2016, more than one-third of the adult population in the U.S. had obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher. While many may think this is great, it actually means there is a growing gap in the available workforce for the alternative – trade jobs.

Each year trade jobs are receiving fewer and fewer applicants, increasing the need for people to fill these roles. Training for skilled trade jobs often takes less time and money than a university degree. And with the shortage of trade workers, wages for these jobs have seen an increase – and are expected to continue to grow! Wondering which high-paying trade job you should consider pursuing? Read on to learn more.

If you're interested in healthcare...

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) 

Median Annual Income: $44,090

Employment Outlook (2016-2026): 12% increase – faster than average

If you have an interest in the healthcare industry, this may be the job for you. LPNs can work in a variety of settings, including care-giving facilities, hospitals, or even schools. An LPN’s job description typically includes taking detailed notes on patients, administering medication, and monitoring patients’ vital signs. And because people typically need care 24 hours a day, the hours for this job can vary. 

If you enjoy working outdoors...

Heavy Equipment Operator

Median Annual Income: $46,990

Employment Outlook (2016-2026): 12% increase – faster than average

If you enjoy working outdoors in a more physical role, this may be the job for you. Heavy Equipment Operators work with large machines that require special training, like bulldozers or cranes, and work in a variety of weather conditions. The hours for this job are also flexible as workers may work nights or weekends.

If you're good at critical thinking...


Median Annual Income: $52,720

Employment Outlook (2016-2026): 9% increase – average

If you are looking for a job that combines critical thinking, working with your hands, and multiple job opportunities, this may be the career path for you. Electricians interpret blueprints and ensure the right amount of electricity goes to the right place. Electricians also have to maintain strict safety protocols while working in a variety of settings.  

If you like working with computers...

CNC Machinist

Median Annual Income: $52,541

Employment Outlook (2016-2026): 16% increase – faster than average

If you enjoy working on computers and have an interest in the technology field, this may be the job for you. CNC Machinists develop and run programs for making objects like tools, molds, and dies. People who hold this title also work in a variety of industries from automotive to aerospace, and spend their time working both in an office setting and doing more hands-on work on the factory floor. 

If you want something more physical...


Median Annual Income: $43,600

Employment Outlook (2016-2026): 8% increase – faster than average

If you are looking for a job that requires a great deal of physical stamina in an often-changing work environment, this may be the job for you. Carpenters work to build a variety of structures and typically work outdoors. Hours for this job may fluctuate depending on the season with longer hours during warm weather and shorter hours when it's cold.   

These are just a few of the high-paying job opportunities for skilled trades. If you have the skills, visit the MAU job board for a multitude of opportunities near you.  

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