Grown-ups Looking for Trades
An IT professional with a master's degree in linguistics taking night classes to become a veterinary technician? It looks like more people are finding a quick trip to a new career in the skilled trades. And why not? Sometimes they're following their passions (maybe they love working with animals), and other times they're following the money. As older tradespeople retire, analysts predict that the demand for workers in the trades will be huge, driving up earnings.
"Driving this trend is the shift from a manufacturing economy to a service- and information-based one. In the next 10 years, 18 of the 20 fastest-growing job fields will require technical education or on-the-job training, from medical assistants to computer analysts, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics."Now that grown-ups are starting to see the light, how long will it be before masses of kids coming out of high school realize that four years of university-level psychology prepares them to be very introspective bartenders? What if they knew that they could have taken a 10-month car-repair program and make $50,000 right out of school?