Best skilled trade?
fatman in the party van

Chesapeake, OH

#22 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.
that is not true anymore....I'm in a local union and I didn't have any family or ties ....I just had experience
Anon

Huntington, WV

#23 Jan 29, 2013
How does one get into that trade?
Solution

Portage, MI

#24 Jan 29, 2013
Anon wrote:
How does one get into that trade?
What trade are you talking about? Usually going to a vocational school is the first step nowadays. Employers don't want to let you learn a trade from work experience only. You used to be able to get a job in any skilled trade and learn from working. However with as many people unemployed there are a lot of skilled workers not working which will give them the upper hand when trying to get a job. You're best bet is going to school and getting certified then go into working that trade.
fatman in the party van

Chesapeake, OH

#25 Jan 29, 2013
Anon wrote:
How does one get into that trade?
go to the union hall and apply
Sparky

Kalispell, MT

#26 Aug 24, 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.
not a single thing you said is true. I recently got into a union apprenticeship as an inside wireman and I don't have a single union electrician in my family. Its not a good old boys club like everyone thinks. If you applied and pass the test along with impressing everyone at you're interview you will get a job.
dongherbutt

Chesapeake, OH

#27 Aug 24, 2013
Best trade in Huntington is a pill slinger. Not sure if there is a union for it. Might try Hal Greer blvd and 8th ave,probably point you in the right direction.
SannDigger

Huntington, WV

#28 Aug 24, 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.
20 years ago, maybe. These days every applicant has an equal chance. I am in a trade union and I have no family in the union at all. All skilled trades pay about the same ($30-36/hour) so it's really a choice of what you're interested in. Carpenters, electricians, and plumbers usually are on the jobs the longest of any trade so there is usually more work locally for those crafts.
Straight Laced

Ona, WV

#29 Aug 24, 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.
You have that right. Working as a contractor around Huntington for all these poor a$$ homeowners will not make you any money either.
Peter Griffin

Chesapeake, OH

#30 Aug 24, 2013
Prostitution.
Rail stacker

Old Hickory, TN

#31 Dec 19, 2013
All of these trades are great. If you really want to be in the money, become a elevator man. Don't believe me???? Check out this post
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/20...
partyvan man

Huntington, WV

#32 Dec 19, 2013
Rail stacker wrote:
All of these trades are great. If you really want to be in the money, become a elevator man. Don't believe me???? Check out this post
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/20...
All skilled union trades around this area make around the same money......
electrician101

Alexandria, VA

#33 Feb 10, 2014
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.
What about the people who never met their own father before and please go into great detail how "trades are a lost cause, unless you know somebody". Here within the DMV area, companies are willing to pay an apprentice electrician 13 dollars an hour and they reimburse tuition. At the age of 24, this is the best decision I've yet to make. Hell. An Hvac company is willing to pay you a minimum of $14.50, with NO previous experience. Tons of jobs within the DMV area, you must be living out in the country m8
gary

Minford, OH

#34 Feb 10, 2014
OutsideLookingIn wrote:
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.
stay away from Hac, and welding, although they may pay good, they are hard on you going though the years. and at your age and schooling you should be able to buy a book instead of appenticeship? good luck, but any constution trades can be tough. i know, carpenter for 40 years. some times chicken, most of the times feathers.
ibew

Hockessin, DE

#35 Feb 10, 2014
Electrician....I know the electricians at csx are making close to 30 a hour
Pissed-off democrat

Latrobe, PA

#36 Feb 10, 2014
Be a pipeline welder. 200k/yr
whist

Huntington, WV

#37 Feb 12, 2014
Yes, there are many different jobs in construction, a lot of them require working from heights, I have been working construction since 1994, and love my job. Sometimes travel is involved, depending on craft. Drug tests are usually given when hired and radom tests are given all the time.
Construction is hard work, but it's a good living, you meet people from all over.

I can't say what is the best craft, as I have only worked in two crafts, if I were younger just starting out, I would try electrician as I like to do that around the house.

I rewired my house, did my own plumbing saved a lot of money, I learnt what I needed to know from different crafts on the job, had some of the guy's come over and help as well, I also helped them as well.

You wouldn't want to do my job, as it's not one of the best jobs, but it's a very important job nonetheless, I am a insulator.
like

Ashland, KY

#38 Feb 12, 2014
Peter Griffin wrote:
Prostitution.
This is my kind of profession !!
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tinman

Elk Grove, CA

#40 Dec 19, 2014
OutsideLookingIn wrote:
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.
Sheetmetal worker total package bay area $73 p/h $55 p/h take home pay.
dan

United States

#41 Dec 19, 2014
Im a welder stick, mig or tig any type of metal and i have trid to get on somewhere different besides where i work. and i cant find anything that pays more than upper teens
StudyUrCraft

United States

#42 Dec 27, 2014
If you're getting into the electrical trade, I highly recommend starting off in the electrical company's warehouse. I'm talking from experience. I started there, learned all my parts from fittings, to panels, to devices, to bulbs. After 1.5 years I went out in the field w/ hardly any hands on experience but when a Foreman asked for a .75 slb condulet, or a .5 ericson, or a pancake box, I was on it & did it with a good attitude. You'd be surprised how many electrical trades man don't know the proper name of parts, or even tools for that matter. The hands on experience is previously learned out in the field. But just like any other trade, you got to listen to your Foreman & show him that your willing to learn & they will teach you.

No longer in the electrical trade. Although it was a lot of fun, & I do miss it, I got into the elevator trade. It was a strategic career move in order to make more money in the long run. But, if I didn't have my electrical background, I wouldn't have land this gig. So far it's a lot of fun. It dose have electrical involved but it also has mechanical & hydraulic skills that associate in this trade. I'm glad I made this move but I'm also glad I started my first skilled trade in electrical.

Make your move bud.

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