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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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FORK LIFT OPERATOR Come join the team of over a 125-year old company in a fast-[aced, exciting environment. We are looking for qualified Fork Life Operators looking for a career with the potential to advance and grow within the company. The position is responsible for operating a fork lift and their attachments (clamp, push/pull, slip sheets, etc.) in a safe and efficient manner in order to rece...
This position is located in our VA, Chesapeake facility Applies basic pipefitting processes to join, surface, fabricate, repair, or replace piping systems. 1. Applies basic pipefitting processes to join, surface, fabricate, repair, or replace piping systems (steel, cuni, etc.). 2. Works from blueprints, engineering sketches, charts, or work orders. 3. Uses measuring tools and related equipment...
This position is located in our UT, Salt Lake City facility Candidate will leverage computer aided design and mapping systems (Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based) to prepare OSP design drawings for permit submittals and project deliverables within a Fiber to the home (FTTH) project environment. The GIS Drafter will be skilled in utilizing Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) co...
MASON for Landscape Construction Company (Sonoma, Marin & Napa) Experience w/ Layout (including reading plans), Brick, Natural Stone, Dry Stack, Block work, Flatwork. Valid CDL. Own Trans. Pay DOE. Vacations, holidays. Call 707-824-1882...
A local leading organization is currently seeking experienced Forklift Operators in North County (Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside) long-term contract AND temporary to hire opportunities. Forklift positions require candidates to drive within the warehouse, moving product as well as loading and unloading trucks. If you meet the qualifications listed below ¿ Apply Now! Responsibilities for forklift roles...
Awarding winning East Bay home design and remodeling company is looking for an experienced Project Foreman to join our team. Founded in 1984, we specialize in high-end and quality remodels in the San Francisco East Bay area (Contra Costa and Alameda), offering complete design build services for kitchen, bath and room additions. We are a growing company offering competitive pay and an opportunity f...
Seeking an experienced residential HVAC service technician with skills in maintaining, diagnosing, and repairing furnaces, hot water tanks, A/C units, and heat pumps. Experience with gas fireplaces a big plus. NATE certification a big plus. Must have a valid driver's license and be able to pass a background check. Wage DOQ. Excellent benefits package includes use of company vehicle, uniforms prov...
KEMPTHORN MOTORS, INC., is currently looking to add a full time Automotive Painter/Bodyman. If you are self motivated, possess quality skills, we would like to talk with you. A good driving record is a must. Previous experience in painting is required. Must gave own tools. Call Robert Helm, 330-452-6511...
REQUIREMENTS:Demonstrated technical aptitude. Able to use hand and power tools (i.e. drills, saws, etc.). Basic computer skills required. Attention to detail. Good informing and listening skills. Depending on location, the mounting and termination of low voltage devices may have special licensing requirements. Two years experience in installing electronic and/or mechanical systems. Demonstrated kn...
City: Omaha State: Nebraska Postal/Zip Code: 68138 OMNI Engineering, an Oldcastle Materials Company, started its business in 1985 in Omaha, Nebraska. OMNI is involved in heavy highway construction as well as private and commercial site construction. Its primary business involves the manufacture and placement of asphalt for roads, city streets and parking lots. Currently, OMNI Engineering employ...
MOBLEY INDUSTRIAL Services - Arkansas, Inc., a large privately owned Industrial Specialty Services Contractor is in immediate need to fill permanent positions of Project Managers, Estimators, and Project Supervision. 3 to 5 years’ experience in Industrial Coatings, Insulation, and Scaffolding services is preferred. Positions are located throughout the State of Arkansas. Division Office is located ...
City: Meridian State: Mississippi Postal/Zip Code: 39301 APAC Mississippi, Inc, an Oldcastle company is a great place to work! We have great employees that have been with us many years – and hope that that track record of longevity shows the pride we take in being one of the best places to work in Mississippi! Come join our team – where you will receive vacation, retirement and many other great...
City: Hays State: Kansas Postal/Zip Code: 67601 APAC-Kansas, Inc., Shears Construction, a part of Oldcastle Materials Company, is a multi-million dollar heavy highway contractor that was established in 1874, and has multiple asphalt plants, ready mix plants, rock quarries and sand operations in Kansas. Shears is diversified with public, private and commercial work including paving, utility, dir...
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: 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: 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: Sauget State: Illinois Postal/Zip Code: 62206 Oldcastle Lawn & Garden 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 operat...
City: Candler State: North Carolina Postal/Zip Code: 28715 Since 1947, Harrison Construction Company, an Oldcastle Materials company, has been the preferred source for ground-level site construction throughout eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. Committed to quality, service and safety, our integrated products and services enable us to build and manage site development projects from c...
City: Omaha State: Nebraska Postal/Zip Code: 68138 OMNI Engineering, an Oldcastle Materials Company, started its business in 1985 in Omaha, Nebraska. OMNI is involved in heavy highway construction as well as private and commercial site construction. Its primary business involves the manufacture and placement of asphalt for roads, city streets and parking lots. Currently, OMNI Engineering employ...
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...

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