Myth: Skilled trade jobs are not stable.
Reality: In fact, careers in the skilled trades and technologies can be some of the most stable of any career choice you can make. Currently, those people with a skilled trade often have their pick of jobs because the skills shortage is so high. Unlike many other careers, a skilled trade is one of the most transferable in today’s global economy. However, economic fluctuations still affect the workforce.
Myth: Skilled trade jobs are dirty and noisy.
Reality: Working in the skilled trades does not necessarily mean working outdoors or getting your hands dirty. Many skilled tradespeople work with some of the most sophisticated computer equipment and technology available.
Myth: Skilled trade jobs are not challenging.
Reality: People in the skilled trades work with highly sophisticated equipment. Their training is leading-edge and they often work on new and exciting projects. People in the skilled trades need to be smart and able to adapt; these are jobs that require a great deal of commitment. The average apprenticeship takes as long as, or longer than, acquiring a university undergraduate degree. And apprentices get paid while they learn!
Myth: Skilled trade jobs are low-paying.
Reality: Most people in the skilled trades and technologies earn average or better-than-average salaries. Some make more than $100 000 per year.