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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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JOB SUMMARY: The Lead Superintendent has primary responsibility to supervise and manage jobsite construction activities for the physical construction of new apartment home projects. He/she supervises the on-site Assistant Superintendents, subcontractors, vendors and punch-out staff assigned to the projects. The primary duties are as follows: ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Personnel: Supervises the activ...
BBRG is seeking a Construction Project Manager. Position is able to sit in Columbus, Ohio or Cleveland, Ohio. Visit www.WorkAtBrio.com or www.WorkAt.Bravo.com to apply! Our Mission: “At BBRG, we strive to be the Best Italian Restaurant Company in America, and we want our people to know they work with the best. We will develop loyal, lifelong Guests by delivering the highest quality food and serv...
Linn Star Transfer, Inc. a Third Party Logistics Company has been providing warehousing, delivery, and installation of household appliances and furnishings for over 20 years. We are currently seeking and accepting applications for a full time Master or Journeyman Plumber. As a Plumber you will be responsible for the installation of household appliances such as dishwasher and also enjoy the benefit...
Linn Star Transfer, Inc. a Third Party Logistics Company has been providing warehousing, delivery, and installation of household appliances and furnishings for over 20 years. We are currently seeking and accepting applications for a full time Master or Journeyman Plumber. As a Plumber you will be responsible for the installation of household appliances such as dishwasher and also enjoy the benefit...
No matter what line of work you’re in, if you want to team with a company that realizes continued success not only depends on superior customer service and products, but also the growth and ambition of its entire workforce, UniFirst Corporation is the company for you. Today we are one of the largest companies in the garment services industry employing over 10,000 people and servicing well over 200...
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...
Gleeson Constructors & Engineers, L.L.C. is a nationally recognized design-build construction firm specializing in the food processing industry. We are currently in need of experienced construction help to fill the following positions. Laborers-$13.00 Carpenters--$18.00 Iron Workers--$18.00 Certified Welders--$18.00 Concrete Finishers-- $18.00 Certified Crane Operator-- $27.00 Great pay, benefits ...
Construction Superintendent. Must be experienced in all phases of construction. Agriculture background or previous experience in construction of animal housing facilities a plus. Responsible for all activities including management and coordination of subcontractors, materials, site safety and security. Travel required. Medical insurance and ESOP. Apply at www.cencon.com or E-mail jwilliams@cencon....
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Dodge City State: Kansas Postal/Zip Code: 67801 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, utilit...
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: 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: 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...

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