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Thumbs up to Gov. Snyder for going on a crusade to emphasize skilled jobs and that not everyone has to go to college.
Feb 24, 2014


... The “go-to-college” mantra of the early 2000s is changing as good-paying skilled trades jobs remain unfilled and colleges price themselves out of many students’ budgets.

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Former Grandhavenite

This is very good advice. Plumbers, electricians, welders, machinists, etc will always be in demand and they're among the industries least vulnerable to outsourcing. Between making fairly good money in some of the trades and generally being covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (unlike many salaried employees who are 'exempt') there can be quite lucrative overtime opportunities.

I know an electrician who makes a good deal more than a tenured Ph D economist at a research university that I know. Nobody knows which startup will turn into the next Facebook or Apple, but it's a pretty safe bet that their building will have plumbing and electrical wiring. Part of the problem is some folks looking down on trades as being somehow inferior to STEM -type careers but watching a truly skilled electrician wire up a huge and complex breaker box is like seeing an artist at work.


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