In-Demand Skilled Trade Jobs And How To Get ‘Em (Part 5)

In-Demand Skilled Trade Jobs And How To Get ‘Em (Part 5)

Ever glance at a home or car repair bill and think to yourself, “I’m in the wrong line of work!”? If so, it’s with good reason. Skilled tradespeople who can build, repair or maintain equipment that most lay people cannot do on their own can rake in the big bucks, especially if they build their talents up enough to take the entrepreneurial small business route. What’s more is that despite the high unemployment rate, skilled workers are hard to come by and therefore always in high demand.


The training:A A good portion of HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) mechanics and installers receive the bulk of their training at technical and trade schools, or at junior and community colleges that offer HVAC programs. Most training lasts between six months and two years to complete.

The career path:A To be considered experienced enough to work unsupervised, technicians generally need between six months to two years of field experience. Often, training is done through apprenticeships, which can take anywhere from three to five years to complete, but the training is paid.

Licensing 411:A HVAC mechanics and installers are usually required to have licenses, depending on the states and locality. Requirements vary, but an exam is usually part of the process. In addition, technicians who purchase or work with refrigerants must be certified in their proper handling.

Employment opportunities:A Good news for prospective HVAC workers: Job prospects are expected to increase 28 percent during the 2008-18 decade.

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~Dawn Krovicka