Many young people are asked early on what they want to do after high school. A lot of them will go on to a state college or university. Some will take time off, and others are yet undecided. If you or someone you know wants to explore a promising path, consider a career in the skilled trades. We’ll tell you more about the benefits of finding your future in HVAC/R.
The fact remains that a four-year college experience isn’t everyone’s post-high school dream. And it’s okay, because there are plenty of options for building a knowledge base and putting those skills to rewarding use.
Learning skilled trades through specialized programs is both affordable and practical. On average, the cost for a trade school degree is a little more than one-quarter of that for a Bachelor’s degree.
Additionally, the salary comparison is reasonably balanced. One study projected trade school graduates might earn about $90,000 less than four-year college graduates over a 30-year span. However, students who pursue a trade school education will finish sooner and enter the workforce about two years earlier, which amounts to trade school graduates earning two additional years of income.
Through apprenticeships, trade school students often receive hands-on training while studying in their chosen field. And these fast-paced, constantly evolving environments provide plenty of opportunity for experience and growth.
HOT MARKET, COOL CAREER
Right now, the market for careers in skilled trades is booming, thanks to retiring baby boomers.
Each day over the next several years, an estimated 10,000 baby boomers are expected to turn 65, the age of retirement. By 2029, approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population will have already retired or be ready to do so.
As more and more people age out of the workforce, fewer workers are available to fill those positions because they require specific skills. Trade schools can provide the necessary education and skillsets.
Right now, about 80 percent of construction companies in the U.S. are unable to find workers qualified to complete their projects, especially when it comes to HVAC. And the need for HVAC technicians continues to rise. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 15 percent increase in the demand for HVAC employment through 2026.
With such a hot market, the time has never been better to consider this cool, in-demand career.
THE SCR DIFFERENCE
Family owned and operated for more than 60 years, SCR is the Midwest Premier mechanical and refrigeration contractor. Our supportive work culture and rewarding atmosphere encourages personal and professional growth.
What’s more, SCR provides for prospective employees all the advantages one can expect and more, including:
- Competitive salary
- Benefits such as medical, dental, and 401K
- Flexible scheduling
- Career and educational advancement opportunities
And those looking for scholarship opportunities can find them right here with SCR. We currently have assistance programs available to those choosing to pursue a career in the skilled trades. Contact us to learn more.