If you no longer find meaning in your work, perhaps you should consider changing jobs – or even careers altogether. Maybe you’ve had enough of working in a cubicle farm and doing a white collar job, and just simply want to go back to basics. If this is you, then you might want to consider making the move to a trade, and here are six reasons why you should.
1. Trade School is Cheaper
With students paying top dollar to go to university, those who decide to pursue a career in a skilled trade can save at least two years’ of tuition fees their undergraduate counterparts would otherwise pay. In fact, undergraduates pay an average of $127,000 over four years of study, according to the Idaho Department of Labor Statistics. Skilled trade workers, on the other hand, will pay about $33,000 over two years for their trade education – that means they get to save $94,000.
2. Skilled Trades Can’t Be Outsourced
With jobs being vulnerable to being taken over by robots or being outsourced to telephone centres around the world, job security is now a myth to many of us. But that’s not true for all jobs and the skilled trades are still quite secure jobs.
When your washing machine breaks down and floods your entire house, chances are you’re not going to call a customer service line and try to resolve your problem with a guy who sounds suspiciously Indian, but who insists his name is Steve. You’re more likely to call a repair man or other skilled worker.
3. Trade Jobs Pay Well
While the median annual salary in the US is $25,695, some people are lucky enough to make that in just one minute – Warren Buffet, I’m looking at you. Okay, okay, so that’s an exaggeration. He makes one dollar less than that. Yes, that’s right: Warren Muffet makes $25,694 per minute (yes, per minute).
Now, if you ignore the fact that Buffet’s by-the-minute salary is equal to the average American’s annual salary, then you might be able to see that trade jobs do pay fairly well. Bricklayers make a little over $50,000 per year, on average, while elevator installers can make up to $73,000.
4. You Get to Work Out for Free
Those who perform sedentary work are only too aware of the risks that prolonged sitting poses to their health: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and early death, despite regular exercise, according to a 2015 study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. A more physically demanding job, on the other hand, promotes better overall health and fitness – minus the monthly gym membership fee.
5. The Working Hours Can Be More Flexible
If you’re not a fan of the traditional 9-to-5, then a trade job could be the way to go. Some trade jobs offer flexible working hours – you could work for three days and have four days off, for example, or you could work nights (which is especially dandy if you’re not a morning person). The flexibility that some trade jobs offer workers, therefore, allows them to do things their white collar counterparts have little time to do: taking a class or pursuing a hobby.
Can you think of any other good reasons why you should work in a trade? Perhaps you’re a skilled tradesman or woman yourself and have a couple of pointers you’d like to share with those of us who are considering packing in our white collar jobs for a career in the trades? Let us know in the comments section below!