Most people believe that college is a prerequisite to a successful life. But a four-year bachelor’s degree is not for everyone. If a person is considering a specific vocation, it may be that a trade school is a good, or even a better, alternative.
Reasons Why Trade School is a Viable Option:
Trade Schools are cost-effective
According to The College Board, an average four year degree at a public, in-state college costs around $22,000 per year. A public, out-of-state college around $38,000 per year, and a private, non-profit college degree can cost as much as $50,000 per year.
However, the average cost of a trade school program is about $33,000 in total. Additionally, it takes only 1-2 years to earn a certificate through a trade school, allowing students to enter the workforce much more quickly.
- Jobs are abundant and secure
Baby Boomers are preparing to retire. And since the boomers make up half of the trade industry in America, there is a wide opening in the workforce for skilled tradesmen and women.
Industries such as high-tech manufacturing, construction, and oil and gas extraction are busily searching for and recruiting the up and coming generation of tradespeople to take their places.
Additionally, there is a consistent, steady need for skilled trade in everyday life. The consumer will always need someone to service their car, their HVAC, or their electrical system.
- Hands-on experience
A trade school program offers specific and focused training in a particular field. Hands-on experience is a required part of the course. While textbook work is also included, the real-world experience provides exceptional mastery and competence for the student.
Additionally, most trade school programs offer apprenticeships where the student can earn money as they go through the program. Not only are they working and making money, but they are also working in the field of their trade.
- A skilled trade job pays well
A skilled trade profession can provide a comfortable living. On average, skilled trade starts at $15 and moves upward to $34 an hour. (Some pay even more.) Look at some of these examples. (show average pay to top end pay per hour.)
- Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter – National average salary – $27.96 – $45.05 per hour
- Boilermaker – National average salary – $30.41 – $43.24 per hour
- Electrician – National average salary – $27.96 – $45.49 per hour
- Brick Mason – National average salary – $26.17 – $40.52 per hour
- HVAC Technician – National average salary – $24.12 – $36.65 per hour
- Diesel Mechanic – National average salary – $23.63 – $34.70 per hour
- Automotive Mechanic – National average salary – $21.02 – $30.64 per hour
- Welder – National average salary – $33 – $30.64 per hour
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographer – National average salary – $37.61-$48.31 per hour
- Dental Hygienist – National average salary – $36.30 – $48.95 per hour
- Physical Therapist Assistant – National average salary – $77 – $38.37 per hour
- Occupational Therapy Assistant – National average salary – $29.04 – $38.93 per hour
While some of the above jobs may not look glamorous, they are interactive, hands-on, and full of critical thinking/problem-solving opportunities. So, before you start applying to colleges, consider some of these other options!
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