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The technical trades — electrical work, plumbing, construction work, bricklaying, etc. — are thought of as difficult, dirty jobs that take years of intense training and superior physical strength.
Nothing could be further than the truth. Though men currently outnumber women in the trades, women of all ages enter the trades and become successful entrepreneurs. Some groups encourage solidarity among women in the trades, and none of the education or on-the-job training required would be prohibitive to most working moms (or dads.)
Trade jobs are also having a boom in the economy right now. Jobs like drywall finishers and stone setters have increased in demand by as much as 100% in the past two years. The market is hot and wide open for you to try your hand at a trade.
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What Does It Mean to Have a Career in a Trade?
With education and some technical training, like electrical or contractor training, you’re all set to start making your own money and being your own boss, but doing what? What exactly are the technical trades?
Trade jobs usually do not require four years of college or for you to be highly skilled in things like math, English, or science. Instead, they need specific, specialized training in one skill. The process of receiving that training, passing the required exam, and starting work may take as long as a liberal arts degree, but with a trade, the job is all but guaranteed.
There are several broad categories of trade jobs. There are mechanical trades, like machinist and HVAC installer, construction trades, like carpenter or welder, industrial trades, like ironworker and asbestos worker, and more.
How Do I Get Started?
The process of becoming eligible to work in a trade field is relatively straightforward and uniform across most trades. Generally, the process goes like this:
- Get your GED from a high school.
- Choose the trade you want to work in.
- Enter into an educational program.
- Secure an apprenticeship or an appropriate amount of on-the-job training.
- Pass the proper exams, and start working.
Benefits of Learning a Trade
The good news is that trade jobs like wind turbine service technicians and electricians are in high demand. There will always be ebbs and flows in demand across all jobs, trade or not trade. But the technical trades are jobs that will always be needed.
As long as people require water, heat, electricity, and shelter, there will be a demand for skilled technical tradespeople.
One thing that’s unique about the trades is that once you receive your proper education and training and pass the licensing exam, you can be your own boss immediately. There are several paths you can take.
Many choose to work as an employee under a contractor. Being an employee typically means shorter hours, and you can leave work at the office.
But starting your own company, hiring other tradespeople, and being your own boss can mean financial freedom and unlimited room for upward growth.
Take Charge of Your Future
There is a vast and exciting world of job opportunities waiting for working moms in the technical trades. Do your research, check out salary comparisons, and start your training today. You don’t have to accept something low-paying and part-time to support yourself and your family.
Take life by the horns and make the first step towards earning good money in the technical trades today.
Can you answer what skills and interests might someone in a trade career have?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.