Top Industrial and Skilled Trades Careers To Pursue in 2020

According to, by 2028, an estimated 3 million jobs will sit open in the skilled trades, positions that come to life as the backbone of American growth. From appliance techs to carpenters, a variety of profitable career opportunities offer economic mobility and career growth. During a time where the sustainability of the middle class is in limbo.

Construction Technology

The contemporary construction sector is an exciting and evolving sector. A shift towards greener building practices and use of materials means that those who enter construction workers benefit from training in current techniques. Median pay: $47,237 Job growth (2014-24): 14 percent

Electrical Technician

If you are interested in becoming an apprentice electrician, our Electrical Technician career offers the women the

necessary training to practice in the field. It is a competitive process to become an electrical engineer, but with a combination of hands-on and in-class training, you can learn the essential skills that employers want. Median pay: $57,720 Job growth (2014-24): 14 percent

Architect or Civil Drafter 

Take advantage of your technical and creative talents to create maps and drawings that guide the main construction projects, such as the construction of roads, bridges, and buildings. And You could expect to live well in this field in which the average annual salary is $56,700.

Electrical Engineer

Start a career in a position that could make you work in electronics of all sizes. You could be involved in anything from design and development to testing and repairs. The average annual salary is $101,600.

Industrial Designer

Make good use of their artistic, commercial and technical skills as an industrial designer. You could be responsible for developing designs for almost any type of manufactured product, from toys to furniture to automobiles. And with an average annual salary of $71,430, you can expect good compensation for your work.

Mechanical Engineer

Prepare for an engineering career that focuses on energy production equipment. Mechanical engineers earn an average of $70,646 a year for their contributions to the design and development of machines such as engines, generators, and turbines. 

Solar Energy Technician

The trade involves converting the sun’s rays into electricity by learning how to install, repair and maintain solar energy systems. Although the average annual salary is $46,010, it is anticipated that the potential for gains in the field will grow as the demand for solar energy increases.

Wind Energy Technician

In the trade, you will learn how to work with the equipment that captures the wind and converts it into energy. And you could expect good pay on your part to help create clean, renewable energy; The average annual salary is $58,000 for a wind power technicians.

Oil and Gas Worker

Take advantage of the many opportunities that the oil and gas sector offers by training to become a worker, engineer, repairman, technician or one of the countless other professionals who need to get oil and gas from the ground. Depending on the type of activity you are pursuing, you can find average annual wages ranging from $40,220 for roustabouts to $156,370 for petroleum engineers.

Aircraft Mechanic

Embark on a career in which you maintain aircraft to ensure the safety of the passengers of the aircraft and those on the ground below. The average annual salary paid to aircraft mechanics is $65,230.

Elevator Installers and Repairers

Working on elevators involves fixing, installing and maintaining elevators, moving staircases, boardwalks and chairlifts. Elevator installers and repairers find and fix the problems that cause elevators to malfunction. They also test, install and maintain equipment. Their familiarity with basic math, understanding of blueprints and the rudiments of electrical and electronics safety helps them with these functions.

Elevator installers and repairers also keep service and maintenance records and ensure that elevators are in compliance with building codes and safety regulations. Their median salary was $76,650 in 2012, according to the BLS. Job growth (2014-24): 13 percent

Sheet Metal Worker

Sheet metal workers work on duct systems, outdoor signs, roofing, and building sidings. They lay out, measure and mark sheet metal according to provided sketches and templates. They sometimes complete fabrication in shops or installations on construction sites. Sheet metal workers use computer-controlled tools such as saws, shears, and presses to help them complete their jobs efficiently. They typically learn their skill through apprenticeship programs offered by businesses and unions. Their median salary was $48,460 in 2018

HVACR Technicians

HVACR technicians (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians) help you stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. To enter the field, you can look for an apprenticeship or attend a trade school for six months to two years.

Median pay: $45,910 Job growth (2014-24): 14 percent

Landscape Architect

Landscape architects get paid an average of $68,230 a year! Landscape architects design, develop, and maintain attractive and functional outdoor spaces. Jobs may be as small as residential home yards and as large as college campuses and large city parks. These professionals may also be employed by large organizations, governmental organizations, private architecture firms, or work for their own businesses.

These tradesmen purchase box trucks and light / medium duty vehicles to carry their tools, plants and other materials needed for their jobs.

Pile Drive Operators

Pile drive operators bring in an annual average of $63,770 in 2020!

While the role of a pile driver is very specific, their role is needed for a wide range of construction projects, which include operating massive machines that drive large pillars into the earth to serve as reinforcement or as a part of the foundation of piers, bridges, buildings, and many other types of construction projects.

There is a very high national demand for pile drivers. California, for example, has just about 500 pile drivers in the whole state. The top 10% of workers make over $100,000 a year based on the latest surveys.


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About the Author

Danavan Hylton is a community relations and business development adviser for the public and private sector looking to penetrate emerging, diverse communities for a number of different reasons. Danavan is also the founder, and CEO, of Hylton Elite Marketing Agency, a full-service sales and marketing firm providing grassroots business development and community relations outsourcing and advising to employers, real estate developers, and local and international business leaders.

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