I graduated from high school in 1991, and at that time all of my friends went to college after high school. We were raised to think that the only option and choice for us after high school was to continue our education in college. People with college and higher education made more money and got better jobs. Conversely, that was not always the thinking in America — when our parents graduated from high school in the 1960’s, less the half or less than fifty percent went to college. You can learn more HERE. Many people took jobs directly out of high school, went into the trades, the military, or worked for the local utility company.
Today, Only 3% of 18-to-25-year-olds who have decided on a career path said they would pursue a career in a construction trade, according to a poll conducted by the National Association of Home Builders. According to The Washington Post — A big part of the workforce problem is negative perceptions about skilled trades. Young adults often see vocational jobs as a grueling line of work offering no career advancement or financial and job security. The reality is that carpenters, electricians and plumbers can all make a very good living in America. The plumbing trade is hard work, but you are compensated very well — you can easily make over $100,000. I had one plumber last year who actually net $120,000.
America needs to understand that there is a bright future within the skilled-trades workforce.
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