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Skilled Trades Industry Overview


Cutting across major industry sectors from manufacturing to construction, jobs in skilled trades offer traditional employment opportunities that also change with the times and in many cases cannot be automated or offshored. Millions of American businesses ranging from very small home-improvement firms to civil construction behemoths, automotive parts makers and vehicle assembly plants offer work in skilled trades. Large employers of skilled trades workers include painting contractor Long Painting; site-preparation contractor Hayward Baker; and drywall, plaster acoustic and insulation contractor APi Group.

Skilled Trades Job Market


More than 438,000 Americans held jobs as machinists or tool and die makers in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), with these occupations expected to grow 7 percent by 2020, slower than the average occupation. There were just over 1 million carpenters in 2010, and their ranks were projected to grow by 20 percent by 2020, faster than the average occupation. Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters held nearly 420,000 jobs in 2010, with healthy growth of 26 percent expected by 2020.

Skilled trades jobs are seeing tremendous change in the 2010s. In manufacturing, robots and outsourcing are always a threat to US skilled trades employment. Yet employers complain that they can't find enough skilled trades talent to meet the key challenge of the 21st century: adapting to continuous and accelerating changes in technology. The bottom line: Well-trained, technically astute skilled tradespeople will be able to find challenging employment opportunities.

Common skilled trades careers include machinist, tool designer, fabricator, production technician, carpenter, mason, plumber, pipefitter, steamfitter, electrician, painter and roofer.

Skilled Trades Salaries


Machinists earned median annual wages of $39,220 in May 2011, according to the BLS. Carpenters’ median wages were $40,010; the top 10 percent earned $71,890. Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters earned median annual pay of $47,750; the middle 50 percent grossed between $36,050 and $64,790.
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Kiewit is one of North America's largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations. With its roots dating back to 1884, the employee-owned company operates through a network of offices and projects in the United States, Canada and Australia. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in a variety of markets including transportation, water/wastewater, power, oil, gas an...
Kiewit is one of North America's largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations. With its roots dating back to 1884, the employee-owned company operates through a network of offices and projects in the United States, Canada and Australia. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in a variety of markets including transportation, water/wastewater, power, oil, gas an...
City: Littleton State: Colorado Postal/Zip Code: 80125 Oldcastle Precast is the leading manufacturer of precast concrete, polymer concrete and plastic products in the United States. Our products range from utility vaults, reinforced concrete pipe, catch basins, drainage and septic tanks, to retaining walls, storm shelters, wall panels, concrete barriers, a variety of prestressed concrete produc...
City: Lehigh Acres State: Florida Postal/Zip Code: 33971 Oldcastle Coastal is a division of Oldcastle Architectural (APG). Oldcastle APG is the leading North American manufacturer of concrete masonry, lawn, garden and paving products and a regional leader in clay brick. The group also produces packaged cement mixes, lightweight aggregates, bagged decorative stone and lime. With over 200 operati...
City: New Paris State: Indiana Postal/Zip Code: 46553 Merchants Metals, a division of Oldcastle, is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of fence systems in the nation with 39 distribution locations, 5 manufacturing facilities and over 600 employees. Merchants Metals has been the contractor’s and architect’s source of quality fencing and accessories for over 50 years. Our complete ...
City: New Paris State: Indiana Postal/Zip Code: 46553 Merchants Metals, a division of Oldcastle, is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of fence systems in the nation with 39 distribution locations, 5 manufacturing facilities and over 600 employees. Merchants Metals has been the contractor’s and architect’s source of quality fencing and accessories for over 50 years. Our complete ...
City: Kernersville State: North Carolina Postal/Zip Code: 27284 Oldcastle APG is the leading North American manufacturer of concrete masonry, lawn, garden and paving products and a regional leader in clay brick. The group also produces packaged cement mixes, lightweight aggregates, bagged decorative stone and lime. With over 200 operating locations and 6500 employees, Oldcastle Architectural op...
City: Bristol State: Pennsylvania Postal/Zip Code: 19007 Anchor is a division of Oldcastle Architectural (APG). Oldcastle APG is the leading North American manufacturer of concrete masonry, lawn, garden and paving products and a regional leader in clay brick. The group also produces packaged cement mixes, lightweight aggregates, bagged decorative stone and lime. With over 200 operating location...
City: Converse State: Texas Postal/Zip Code: 78109 Halfen USA is the American arm of Halfen GmbH Germany, a world class engineering and manufacturing company with over 80 years history. From our traditional base of high quality construction products for the building and civil engineering sectors, we are also designing, manufacturing and supplying off the shelf mechanical and structural connecti...
City: Los Angeles State: California Postal/Zip Code: 90022 Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, a division of Oldcastle, is the leading supplier of products specified to close the building envelope. They include: custom-engineered curtain wall and window wall, architectural windows, storefront systems, doors, skylights and architectural glass. --DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a general laborer p...
City: Easton State: Pennsylvania Postal/Zip Code: 18040 Anchor is a division of Oldcastle Architectural (APG). Oldcastle APG is the leading North American manufacturer of concrete masonry, lawn, garden and paving products and a regional leader in clay brick. The group also produces packaged cement mixes, lightweight aggregates, bagged decorative stone and lime. With over 200 operating locations...
City: Savannah State: Georgia Postal/Zip Code: 31415 Preferred Materials – Asphalt Division, part of Oldcastle Materials Southeast Division of Companies, is the leader in production of high-quality hot mix and warm mix asphalt, and, with a team of skilled contracting professionals, Preferred Materials – Asphalt Division also offers design-build and conventional-bid-build solutions for roadway a...
City: Edgewood State: Maryland Postal/Zip Code: 21040 Oldcastle Precast is the leading manufacturer of precast concrete, polymer concrete and plastic products in the United States. Our products range from utility vaults, reinforced concrete pipe, catch basins, drainage and septic tanks, to retaining walls, storm shelters, wall panels, concrete barriers, a variety of prestressed concrete product...
City: Auburn State: Washington Postal/Zip Code: 98002 Oldcastle Precast is the leading manufacturer of precast concrete, polymer concrete and plastic products in the United States. Our products range from utility vaults, reinforced concrete pipe, catch basins, drainage and septic tanks, to retaining walls, storm shelters, wall panels, concrete barriers, a variety of prestressed concrete product...
City: Platteville State: Colorado Postal/Zip Code: 80651 Oldcastle Precast is the leading manufacturer of precast concrete, polymer concrete and plastic products in the United States. Our products range from utility vaults, reinforced concrete pipe, catch basins, drainage and septic tanks, to retaining walls, storm shelters, wall panels, concrete barriers, a variety of prestressed concrete prod...
City: Fishers State: New York Postal/Zip Code: 14453 Oldcastle Architectural Products Group (APG) is the leading North American manufacturer of concrete masonry, lawn, garden and paving products and a regional leader in clay brick. The group also produces packaged cement mixes, lightweight aggregates, bagged decorative stone and lime. With over 200 operating locations and 6500 employees, Oldcas...
City: Easton State: Pennsylvania Postal/Zip Code: 18040 Anchor is a division of Oldcastle Architectural (APG). Oldcastle APG is the leading North American manufacturer of concrete masonry, lawn, garden and paving products and a regional leader in clay brick. The group also produces packaged cement mixes, lightweight aggregates, bagged decorative stone and lime. With over 200 operating locations...
HICKORY CONSTRUCTION, INC. now seeking “A” TEAM MEMBERS · Receptionist / Secretary · Commercial and Residential Site Superintendents · Foremen · Trim Carpenters · Apprentices Please Apply Online: hickoryconstruction.com EEOC...
Job Summary: Responsible for maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing, or arranging for repairs of all building operating systems on the site. May be assigned to a single building as the sole engineer under a limited property size and scope. Must have reliable transportation and be available for after hour emergency calls. Essential Job Duties: 1. Responsible for all preventative maintenance...
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