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The Benefits Of Learning A Profitable Trade

Learning a trade can be one of the most financially rewarding decisions you will ever make.  A skilled trade can provide monetary security, plenty of freedom in your work environment, and a chance to work in a career that offers plenty of jobs and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The world of skilled trades covers many different types of jobs, the most well known are those that deal with building and utility repair, maintenance, and installation.

After you learn a trade, here are some of the most sought after careers you can pursue, and how to find training for them.


Electricians handle the installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical systems in buildings and freestanding structures. The job title covers a wide variety of different specialties, and so if you choose to follow this career path you will probably need to narrow down your field of study at some point.

Electrical maintenance training is one popular option that many people choose. Electrical maintenance is needed in practically all residential and commercial settings, and the majority of systems are similar enough that someone who has taken a number of electrical courses ought to be able to successfully work on most of them.

A second option if you want to follow an electrician career path is to work as an electrical grid electrician. These electricians work for power companies and are responsible for making sure that power poles and lines are maintained and repaired. One of the benefits of this type of work is that you generally work for a large company and don’t have to worry about the business side of the operation.


HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. HVAC engineers may work in one, two, or all of these fields. Much like with electrical engineering, they may specialize in installing, maintaining, or repairing systems.  While some other similar fields may require heavy lifting and occasional strenuous work, HVAC can be done by many workers well into their seventies or eighties. This can be a huge selling point to those who want to keep working occasionally to keep themselves fit after retirement age.

The path to becoming an HVAC engineer usually begins at a trade school. Trade schools offer shortened educational programs (usually about two years) that focus on hands-on learning. Trade schools are a great alternative to a four year university, because they cost less and may even allow you to take part in paid training in the field.


Plumbing is one of the more difficult and dirty jobs out there, but is also high paying and plumbers are always in demand. Once you have all the proper certifications and tools, it is also easy to start your own plumbing business. This allows you to work from home, set your own hours, and choose your areas of service and clients.

Becoming a plumber generally requires at least two years of trade school, followed by a period of apprenticeship. During the apprenticeship period, you learn while on the job, and are generally paid, though not as much as a journeyman plumber. Once the period of your apprenticeship is up, most areas require you to become certified in your trade before you can practice.

Dorian Travers is a writer and blogger and likes to keep his readers informed on personal development and education.

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