If you’re seeking a career path based on learned skills and hard work, the trades could be the perfect fit for you. Gone are the days when traditional college and career paths dominated society. Service Excellence shares what you should consider while thinking about the careers that can bring you the most happiness and success in reaching your long-term goals.
Memory fades, but applying your skills is like riding a bike. Once you have a skill, you can use it at any time. Your career progression is only limited by your ambition. From student and trainee to technician, apprentice then finally to master, there’s so much potential for earning.
As technology advances and the demand for more skilled trades jobs rises, there will be no shortage of work for individuals with real-world skills. Solar panel installers, turbine technicians, commercial welders and drillers — and of course plumbers, electricians, roofers and HVAC technicians. These jobs will continue to remain in demand for years to come.
Thankfully, there are many education systems that value applied skill over memorization. These schools produce professionals who are able to apply their skills in the real world upon graduation or course completion. With the right education and real-world application, you can remain on the cutting edge of your ever-changing industry.
The trades industry is rising in need and popularity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the industry as a whole is expected to grow 10 percent by 2028. With such a healthy growth rate, Forbes estimates a staggering 3 million skilled trades jobs will remain open by 2028.
The industry is showing signs of real promise for generations deciding where to invest their careers, so why is there still such a stigma surrounding skilled tradespeople? Trades and home services jobs have historically been viewed through a negative lens with limitations on income and advancement. The very definition of this industry has radically changed.
The advantages of learning a trade are numerous, and some of the benefits outpace many other careers.
As we mentioned, the industry is exploding. The demand for skilled tradespeople is high, and the average age of tradespeople is on the higher end. According to Zippia, the average age of HVAC technicians, plumbers and electricians in the U.S. is around 40 years old or higher.
This signifies that there will soon be an age gap between older demographics and the younger generation learning the trades. It’s the perfect time to start investing in an industry that has ample room for growth.
Most trade industry education relies heavily on gaining hands-on experience. Apprenticeships can last from 2-5 years depending on the field, and apprentices are often paid for that time. While upfront costs to get into a trades program can be an obstacle, the government also offers grants and loans to help manage the investment.
As more technology is incorporated into home services, including smart tech and newer equipment, the need for specialized knowledge becomes more important. Tradespeople with training and experience in new processes, machinery and technology are inherently valuable to any company attempting to install or service that equipment.
The high demand for tradespeople is also leading to a more secure job market. Many companies need hardworking, dependable team members and are reluctant to let them go barring low performance.
This is also true during fluctuations in the economy. Recession-like situations don’t usually impact home services as deeply because the services provided are considered essential. Homeowners can’t opt to not have working plumbing or indoor climate control. This means any person working in the trades has better job security.
Service Excellence understands the real value of learning a trade — and we pride ourselves on being a continued source of education past trade school. We work with industry professionals every single day to hone skills, practice processes and ensure that the basic skills learned in trade school are only the beginning of your earning potential.
We teach tradespeople how to measure performance accurately and adjust their behaviors to drive their success. Key Results Areas are the points of applied skill and aptitude that we know make a positive impact. At Service Excellence, here are some of the things we measure:
We measure more than the KRAs above. This focus assures that we are offering programs that are focused on applied skills.
The trades jobs we focus on here at Service Excellence Training can bring in about a $50k starting salary. That’s straight out of trade school, with no experience!
While this income isn’t bad, we know it could be a lot higher. We have 2nd year technicians in our system earning over $100k per year. Not to mention, we know HVAC, roofing and other home service employees are also making salaries that are very competitive in today’s market. That’s why we invest time in our clients to ensure that every tech is reaching their potential and succeeding in an industry that has so many options.
So what do you think? Are you ready to learn a trade and change your career path? Are you looking to increase the value of your HVAC company? If you’re ready to hone your soft skills and turn that knowledge into serious earnings, we’re ready to help you. Sign up for one of our unique technician training courses. Here at Service Excellence Training, we IGNITE THE POWER WITHIN.
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