Best skilled trade?
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OutsideLookingIn

Butler, PA

#1 Jan 25, 2013
I'm 26 and reconsidering my career field(I went to college for IT) .I was wondering what other people think the best skilled trade or job that they would recommend. I can learn and adapt to anything and really don't want to work a desk job even if i make 100k+. I'd prefer something either outdoors or that required some labor.

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Since: Nov 11

BelAir, CA

#2 Jan 25, 2013
ditch digging.
IBEW

Canton, OH

#3 Jan 25, 2013
Local 317
OutsideLookingIn

Butler, PA

#4 Jan 25, 2013
IBEW wrote:
Local 317
So electricians? how long does the apprenticeships take to complete before i make good money?
OutsideLookingIn

Butler, PA

#5 Jan 25, 2013
So an electrian makes more than a contractor?
Giggity

Proctorville, OH

#6 Jan 25, 2013
I am a union electrician. it's a good trade. But there is a big shortage of skilled certified welders. The average age is 55 so the attrition of these skilled craftsmen is and will create a huge void offering many opportunities and security. If I had it to do it over again I would go into nursing. People are not getting any healthier and if your willing to travel 6 figures is not abnormal for travel nurses.
iron worker

Chesapeake, OH

#7 Jan 25, 2013
Iron workers we need all the help we can get
barry mAcockinher

Huntington, WV

#8 Jan 25, 2013
Where does Goe go to become an iron worker.? Huntington steel,?, steel wv?
Solution

Portage, MI

#9 Jan 26, 2013
It just depends on where you work. I know a few welders and they don't make very good money around here. You might if you get into a union. Electricians make good money as well as HVAC technicians. Machinists are a dying trade with all the automatic equipment. Plumbers make good money sometimes as well as boiler makers. It all just depends on where you work especially around here.
fatman in the party van

United States

#10 Jan 26, 2013
OutsideLookingIn wrote:
<quoted text>So electricians? how long does the apprenticeships take to complete before i make good money?
the apprenticeship is 5 years and you start out at 45% it raises 10% each year
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outsidelookingin

Ashland, KY

#12 Jan 26, 2013
Electrician work sounds good as does welding but really whos going to make the better money?
fatman in the party van

Chesapeake, OH

#13 Jan 26, 2013
I would say the hourly wage would be close to the same......annual income would depend on what kind of overtime your going to be getting....theres not a trade called a "welder"
xander

United States

#14 Jan 26, 2013
If you're serious about fulfillment over pay, I would suggest EMS. It's the best job in the world. Average pay for starting out (EMT- Basic) is roughly $9 an hour, depending on where you work. Move up to Paramedic, and it's about $15 an hour. Again, these numbers are just where I work.
fatman in the party van

Chesapeake, OH

#15 Jan 26, 2013
xander wrote:
If you're serious about fulfillment over pay, I would suggest EMS. It's the best job in the world. Average pay for starting out (EMT- Basic) is roughly $9 an hour, depending on where you work. Move up to Paramedic, and it's about $15 an hour. Again, these numbers are just where I work.
lol that's just above minimum wage....
Randall

Chesapeake, OH

#16 Jan 26, 2013
I hear jizz mopper out at the nudie booths on 60 pays a hefty amount.
if i had it to do over

Conneaut Lake, PA

#17 Jan 26, 2013
Become a Electrician!!!!!!! People will always need electricity in there houses and commercial. 110/220/440 will never change. Just the codes on how it's installed. Wish that's what I had done 20 years ago. To late now. Good luck.
OutsideLookingIn

Butler, PA

#18 Jan 26, 2013
anyone else?
Which job is more enjoyab

Ashland, KY

#19 Jan 27, 2013
Electrician or general contractor
whose yo daddy

United States

#20 Jan 27, 2013
Don't be an electrician unless your daddy is high up in the union. You can't get in unless your daddy was or is an electrician. Same goes for pipefitters, steel work, etc. Trades are a lost cause unless you know somebody. If you're planning on the non-union route, don't plan on making much money.
mma1

Ashland, KY

#21 Jan 27, 2013
whose yo daddy wrote:
Don't be an electrician unless your daddy is high up in the union. You can't get in unless your daddy was or is an electrician. Same goes for pipefitters, steel work, etc. Trades are a lost cause unless you know somebody. If you're planning on the non-union route, don't plan on making much money.
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