Guide to Choosing a Trade Career for Returning Service Members
Article by Primeweld.com
Many returning service members worry about choosing a civilian career they’ll like — and that will give them the quality of life they deserve. The skilled trades offer a work environment that many veterans like, along with steady, reliable pay.
- Why choose the skilled trades?
- Which skilled trades align well with veteran skills?
- Which skills are most common?
- Challenges of transitioning from military to civilian life
- Trade school & training resources for veterans
- Trade job opportunities for veterans
- Resources for employers & hiring veterans
Why choose the skilled trades?
Training in the skilled trades gives you knowledge that is always in high demand, and the chance to earn high wages. Best of all, it’s easy to find the training and job placement assistance you need.
Skilled trade workers are in high demand
Many skilled workers can expect employment opportunities to grow over the next decade. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects faster than average growth in these skilled trades:
- Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers: 3% growth expected
- Plumbers: 4% growth expected
- Ironworkers: 5% growth expected
- Elevator and Escalator Installers and Repairers: 7% growth expected
- Electricians: 8% growth expected
- Industrial Machinery Mechanics: 13% growth expected
Higher demand for these trades will mean more job opportunities — or even the opportunity to use your knowledge to start your own business.
Skilled tradespeople can expect to earn tens of thousands more over the course of their lives than they would making minimum wage. And they can expect to start earning a much higher starting salary than many college graduates do. Salaries for the skilled trades vary based on industry and location, but it’s not unusual for skilled tradespeople to earn starting salaries of $50K and more.
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