• CJR

    Because the skilled trades are often the gig economy, and are very volatile. Its hard to raise a family when you have an unpredictable job that may require you to move several times over a few years. The biggest job losses in 2008-9 were the skilled trades and they still have not recovered.

    • RadicalCentrist

      Ok, that may be true, but then the smart person knows that and banks part of what they make. If you make $100,000/year, live like you make $75,000, which still gives you a nice life outside a few coastal cities and put the rest in the bank for the times when things are tougher. That’s a lot better than working an unskilled job for $ 20,000 or $25,000.

  • pbrower2a

    Today I would strongly encourage anyone with the aptitude, even the Best and Brightest considering college, to consider the skilled trades. They income is better (once one gets past the apprenticeship) than many jobs requiring a college degree.

    OK, so it is often dirty work… but you can’t eat air conditioning. If after a few years of welding one still wants to get a college degree for its own sake, one can at least better finance a college education with savings from work and part-time work in a skilled trade than one can with savings from menial work that college students often hold.

    Why graduate from a four-year college with $40K in debt and get consigned to a job as a retail sales clerk? That is always a risk.

  • April

    I did a basic search, and found that median wages for welders is $32k to $42k a year, with that $42k being after having years of experience.

    So, sure, it’d be a downright mystery why people aren’t spending a bit of time in a trade school to pick up a $100k/year job, but we can’t be lacking that many welders if starting wages are closer to $30k a year.

  • April

    I did a basic search, and found that median wages for welders is $32k to $42k a year, with that $42k being after having years of experience.

    So, sure, it’d be a downright mystery why people aren’t spending a bit of time in a trade school to pick up a $100k/year job, but we can’t be lacking that many welders if starting wages are closer to $30k a year.

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