Want to change jobs, but don’t feel cut out for the regular college experience? Trade school careers can be just as lucrative, and it offers a more hands-on approach to learning. Mike Rowe of the “Dirty Jobs” fame has long touted trade school, and it is easy to see why when you look at the salary averages. Here are the top trade school careers for you to consider according to Business News Daily.
A computer programmer makes an average salary of $82K. This job consists of writing code to allow computer software to run the way it was designed. It takes critical analysis skills and a great deal of experience with computers.
After four years of training and apprenticeship, you can have a job making approximately $50K to start. Electricians are in demand, as everything runs by electricity, and this means a job that will stay in demand for businesses and residences.
While you can get a Bachelor’s degree to prepare you for this career, hands-on experience can be so much better. A construction manager handles all those little details of building, including hiring their construction team, getting the necessary permits, and making sure their project is running on schedule and budget. This career has an average salary of over $90K.
At an average salary of almost $75K, this is one of the most lucrative careers you can achieve through trade school. A dental hygienist is the one who cleans a patient’s teeth and educates patients on how to take care of their teeth in the proper way.
Another great trade in demand is plumbing. This type of career takes knowledge but also takes a great deal of experience through an apprenticeship. The average salary of a plumber is over $50K and goes up from there. Taking care of plumbing systems and installing plumbing systems in new construction is the central focus of a plumber.
Paralegal or Legal Assistant
If the law is where your passions lie, but you do not want the responsibility of being a lawyer, a paralegal career may be for you. An average salary of $50K is where you will start. The job itself is largely administrative, and you are working under a lawyer or law firm to get all the details right.
Trade school is just one option for you when you decide to go back to school, but it can be a decision you will be proud of. No matter what your interests are, this can be a great option if you do not want to be part of the degree-seeking path.
By: Janis Rodgers