Trades

Get your hands dirty!

Industry Overview

Most of the skilled Trades careers are directly related to jobs in the construction industry, and they can be found in the Architecture and Construction career cluster. These careers include plumbers, electricians, brick masons, among many others. Some of the positions may be obtained with only the completion of high school, while many of them require more training. The completion of a two-year college program or an apprenticeship through an organization or union is required for the more specialized positions. Most of these jobs are very "hands-on", and can be physically demanding.

Industry Outlook

The outlook for Trades positions is very good overall. There are many people leaving or retiring from trade positions, and in many cases there are not enough new applicants to take their place. Shortages can be found in many areas, providing for great opportunities for those who enjoy working with their hands.

Explore Careers in this Industry

1st Class Welder Helper - Josh

Career Overview

Welders use specialized equipment to cut or connect metal parts. Josh is an entry-level welder.

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$30,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Automotive Body Technician - Leslie

Career Overview

An automotive body technician repairs the body of cars that have been damaged.

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$24,000 /yr
$41,000 /yr
$70,000 /yr

Automotive Service Technician (Mechanics)

Career Overview

Automotive technicians use various diagnostic equipment to inspect, repair, and maintain cars and trucks. Make sure to use the search box to find Jeremy and Jimmy's videos!

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$21,000 /yr
$38,000 /yr
$64,000 /yr

Automotive Service Technician - Jimmy

Career Overview

Automotive technicians use various diagnostic equipment to inspect, repair, and maintain cars and trucks.

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$21,000 /yr
$38,000 /yr
$64,000 /yr

Automotive Technician - Jeremy

Career Overview

Automotive technicians use various diagnostic equipment to inspect, repair, and maintain cars and trucks.

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$21,000 /yr
$38,000 /yr
$64,000 /yr

Aviation Mechanic - Lucas

Career Overview

Aircraft mechanics diagnose and repair problems in an aircraft. They may also be involved in the refurbishing of older planes.

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$35,000 /yr
$58,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr

Aviation Mechanic - Ricky

Career Overview

Aircraft mechanics diagnose and repair problems in an aircraft. They may also be involved in the refurbishing of older planes.

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$35,000 /yr
$58,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr

Avionics Technician Lead - Aaron

Career Overview

Aircraft mechanics diagnose and repair problems in an aircraft. They may also be involved in the refurbishing of older planes.

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$35,000 /yr
$58,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr

Boat Builders and Shipwrights

Career Overview

This video covers a wide range of positions involved in building ships; that's why salary information has not been included. Use the search bar to find the videos made by Michael and David (a welder and a shipfitter)!

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Cabinet makers

Career Overview

A person whose job is to build cabinets, bench, carpentry, houses, and other structures

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$24,000 /yr
$39,000 /yr
$54,000 /yr

Carpenter

Career Overview

Carpenters build and repair buildings and anything related to those structures (cabinets, stairs, windows, etc.)

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$27,000 /yr
$43,000 /yr
$79,000 /yr

Cement Mason and Concrete Finisher

Career Overview

A cement mason is a person who creates and finishes surfaces of poured concrete including driveways, floors, sidewalks, roads, and curbs.

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$26,000 /yr
$39,000 /yr
$68,000 /yr

Construction Laborer

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A construction laborer performs various tasks on construction sites including removing debris, moving around construction materials, digging trenches or holes, constructing scaffolding, along with many other construction-related tasks.

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$21,000 /yr
$32,000 /yr
$59,000 /yr

Construction Manager

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Construction managers supervise every aspect of a construction project, including the planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating of the activities involved in the project.

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$45,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr
$140,000 /yr

Crane and Tower Operator

Career Overview

A Crane Operator operate a crane that lifts and moves large material or machinery. These are typically found on construction and manufacturing sites. The individual also carries out the supervision of all the activities to check if they are done according to the instructions given by engineers.

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$34,000 /yr
$56,000 /yr
$84,000 /yr

Earth Driller (Except Oil and Gas)

Career Overview

Earth drillers operate a variety of drills in order to access water and salt deposits, to obtain samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to assist with the use of explosives in mining or construction.

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$29,000 /yr
$44,000 /yr
$75,000 /yr

Electrical Power-Line Installer and Repairer

Career Overview

Electrical power line and cable workers construct, maintain and repair overhead and underground electrical power transmission and distribution systems. Make sure to use the search box to find Nick's video!

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$35,000 /yr
$60,000 /yr
$88,000 /yr

Electrician (Marine) - Gary

Career Overview

Electricians install, maintain, and fix electrical wiring, fixtures, and switches in a variety of environments. The electrician featured in this video, Gary, works on the electrical systems on ships.

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$31,000 /yr
$54,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Electrician - Josh

Career Overview

Electricians install, maintain, and fix electrical wiring, fixtures, and switches in a variety of environments.

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$31,000 /yr
$54,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Electricians

Career Overview

Electricians install, maintain, and fix electrical wiring, fixtures, and switches in a variety of environments. Make sure to use the search box to find videos of Josh and Gary to learn more about what electricians do.

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$31,000 /yr
$54,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Farm Equipment Mechanic

Career Overview

Farm equipment mechanics maintain, diagnose, and repair the heavy equipment used in farming including harvesters, tractors, and irrigation systems.

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$24,000 /yr
$37,000 /yr
$57,000 /yr

Farmer - Mickey

Career Overview

Farmers produce various crops and manage livestock.

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$30,000 /yr
$66,000 /yr
$126,000 /yr

Farmer and Rancher

Career Overview

Farmers and ranchers grow various crops and raise livestock for food or milk. Use the search box to find the video make by Mickey!

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$30,000 /yr
$66,000 /yr
$126,000 /yr

Floor Installer - John

Career Overview

Floor installers lay wood, vinyl, tile, and stone floors.

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$22,000 /yr
$39,000 /yr
$70,000 /yr

HVAC Technician - Mike

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HVAC technicians install, maintain, and fix heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.

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$28,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$73,000 /yr

Interiors Mechanic (Aviation) - Dell

Career Overview

Aircraft mechanics diagnose and repair problems in an aircraft. They may also be involved in the refurbishing of older planes. Dell, the interiors mechanic featured in the video, works on the interior of an airplane.

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$35,000 /yr
$58,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr

Lineman - Nick

Career Overview

A lineman installs, maintains, and repairs electrical and telecommunication wires. The lineman featured in this video, Nick, works for a power company.

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$35,000 /yr
$60,000 /yr
$88,000 /yr

Logging Equipment Operator

Career Overview

Logging equipment operators may use heavy equipment to load logs onto trains or trucks.

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$23,000 /yr
$37,000 /yr
$56,000 /yr

Machinist - Anthony

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A machinist uses specialized machinery to produce or fix parts or equipment. Anthony, the machinist featured in the video, fixes parts for airplanes.

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$26,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$66,000 /yr

Masonry workers (brick, stone, tile)

Career Overview

Masons use stones, bricks, cinder blocks, or tiles to make floors, walls, sidewalks, or other structures. Use the search box to find the video made by John, a floor installer.

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$26,000 /yr
$41,000 /yr
$74,000 /yr

Material Man (Ship Building) - Steven

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A material man has the responsibility of dealing with all of the incoming materials at a contruction site (in this case in a shipbuilding environment). This person receives and inspects building materials delivered to the site.

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$18,000 /yr
$25,000 /yr
$41,000 /yr

Pipe Fitter - Peter

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A pipe fitter prepares pipes to be welded together using a variety of methods and couplings.

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$30,000 /yr
$50,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Pipe Welder - Danielle

Career Overview

A pipe welder is responsible for everything involved with welding pipes together (including the preparation of the pipes and fittings, along with the actual welding). The welder featured in this video works in a ship building environment.

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$30,000 /yr
$48,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Pipe Welder - Jon

Career Overview

A pipe welder is responsible for everything involved with welding pipes together (including the preparation of the pipes and fittings, along with the actual welding).

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$30,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Plumber - Luke

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Plumbers install, maintain, and fix various piping systems (including the pipes, fixtures, and other components related to water and waste water disposal).

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$30,000 /yr
$53,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Plumber - Terry

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Plumbers install, maintain, and fix various piping systems (including the pipes, fixtures, and other components related to water and waste water disposal).

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$37,000 /yr
$53,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Project Manager (Civil Engineering) - Ben

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Civil engineers design, build, and maintain construction projects including bridges, roads, tunnels, airports, and water supply and sewage treatment plants.

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$50,000 /yr
$80,000 /yr
$125,000 /yr

RV Technician - Robbie

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A recreational vehicle technician diagnoses and repairs problems in recreational vehicles including repairing flooring and electrical systems, installing entertainment centers, or repairing furniture.

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$23,000 /yr
$36,000 /yr
$56,000 /yr

Rock Splitter

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Rock splitters break large slabs of stone into smaller pieces while working in quarries.

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$22,000 /yr
$34,000 /yr
$49,000 /yr

Roofer

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Roofers use various roofing materials to install, repair or replace low or steep-sloped roofs on buildings. This work requires a lot of measuring and cutting of materials, and it may require replacing joists or plywood.

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$25,000 /yr
$37,000 /yr
$64,000 /yr

Sheet Metal Mechanic - Cyrus

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A sheet metal mechanic who works in aviation deals with all of the sheet metal found on the plane. This may involve removing the metal, bending it, cutting it, and reinstalling it. They can also work in various fabricating plants, factories and construction .. ,

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$26,000 /yr
$46,000 /yr
$85,000 /yr

Shipfitter - David

Career Overview

A shipfitter basically puts metal components where they need to be in order to build a ship. They cut and weld metal pieces together in order to build the structure of the ship.

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$33,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$72,000 /yr

Structural Metal Fabricator and Fitter

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Metal fabricators and fitters use special machinery to fabricate, assemble, and install large pieces of steel while making buildings or other very large metal structures.

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$27,000 /yr
$42,000 /yr
$65,000 /yr

Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver

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Tractor-trailer truck drivers move goods and materials long distances using heavy trucks.

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$27,000 /yr
$42,000 /yr
$64,000 /yr

Welder (Structural, Shipbuilding) - Michael

Career Overview

A structural welder generally works with metal to put together a framework for some type of structure. Mike, the welder featured in the video, works on the frame of a boat.

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$30,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Welders

Career Overview

Welders use specialized equipment to cut or connect metal parts. Use the search box to find videos of Danielle, Michael, Jon, and Nick to learn about a variety of types of welding positions.

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$30,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr