We live in a fast-moving ever-changing world today in which many jobs have become redundant and new ones are popping up all the time. But there are some jobs that have stood the test of time and are still in demand today and will be for a very long time to come.
1. Auto / Car Mechanic
The automobile is here to stay, at least until flying cars and hoverboards take over one day! It doesn’t matter whether your car runs on the traditional internal combustion engine, by battery or on vegetable oil, the fact remains that it will break down, and it will require regular maintenance. A mechanic is never going to be out of work. Cars give problems, and someone has to fix them. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, auto mechanics earn an annual median salary of $36 610.
Unless we end up reverting back to the days of the cavemen or the middle ages in which plumbing was either non-existent or hopelessly unsophisticated, I think it’s safe to say we’re all going to continue to need the trusty plumber from time to time. It’s a fairly lucrative career, according to an article by US News, with an average annual income of around $50,180, with many earning well above that.
We may eventually reach an age where we depend more on renewable energy and less on nuclear and coal-powered energy. However, the method used to bring that electricity to your home may not change much and how that electricity is used in homes and buildings may also not change. Chances are we’ll still be switching on a plug or a light switch. Therefore, when electrical problems surface, who you gonna call? Yep an Electrician who have expected earnings are around $50 510 per annum.
4. Builders and Carpenters
The design and architecture of buildings have gone through significant changes since the beginning of time and is likely to continue to evolve in the future. But one thing that will not change is the fact that once all the designs and blueprints are finalized, somebody needs to do the heavy lifting. Masonry and carpentry are two of the oldest professions and will probably be around until the end of time.
General construction workers earn approximately $35,020 while construction managers earn up to $84,410. Growth in this sector has a positive outlook with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating that by 2022, employment in the construction industry will increase by up to 25%.
Most of us don’t think too much of these humble professions. We tend to view people in suits occupying high-powered jobs as deserving of more respect - until our car breaks down, our kitchen sink backs up, or we sit in the dark with no electricity.
What most people don’t realize is that these are fairly well-paying jobs. Business Pundit includes plumbers and construction workers in their list of 25 Well-Paying Jobs that Most People Overlook.
Not everyone is cut out for the academic life and the corporate world. For those who prefer to work with their hands and have a natural knack for fixing or building things, these four trades will provide consistent work and ensure you always have enough money to put food on the table.
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