Why a Career in the Trades is More Than Worth It

12th February 2024 • Categories: Trade Pros
While many recognize the potential for rewarding and stable careers in the skilled trades, it’s also true that older workers are retiring, and not enough young people are training to take their jobs. Below, we’ll delve into why pursuing a career in the trades is more than worth it; it’s a decision that can lead to a lifetime of meaningful work, financial stability, and personal satisfaction.


Hands-On Work

Trades offer practical, hands-on experiences in the field. Many of these skills can transfer into real-life situations and will be beneficial on and off the job site. Those who work in the trades can enjoy seeing the direct results of their labor and take pride in their craftsmanship.

Job Security

Skilled trades are always in demand! Older generations are retiring, leaving a significant labor shortage for many critical fields, such as HVAC, plumbing, and electrical work, to name a few. These needs persist regardless of economic fluctuations, ensuring a consistent demand for skilled tradespeople. Additionally, skilled tradespeople often earn competitive salaries and can enjoy financial stability.

Diverse Opportunities

The trades offer a broad spectrum of specialties, ranging from traditional carpentry and welding to technology-driven fields such as robotics in manufacturing, providing a wide range of opportunities for individuals with diverse interests and skill sets. Many trade skills are transferable, allowing those in their field to work in residential, commercial, and even industrial.

Quick Entry

Many vocational jobs require less education than traditional four-year degrees, which means shorter training periods. Pursuing a trade can lead to earlier workforce entry, quicker earning potential, and less student debt.

Community Impact

Trade Pros play a critical role in building and maintaining communities. Their work directly impacts society, from the structures we live and work in, to repairing essential infrastructure. When heating or cooling systems fail during peak seasons, there is no greater relief than a skilled technician arriving and problem-solving.

Constant Learning

The trades will continue to evolve with technology, tools, and innovative techniques. This means continuous learning and skill development, keeping the work interesting and engaging over time. It also provides opportunities to grow in your field and further your career.

Entrepreneurial Opportunities

With experience and expertise, many individuals in the trades have the option to start their own businesses. Becoming a self-employed tradesperson allows greater control over your work, schedule, and earning potential.

Overall, a career in the trades is more than worth it. It offers stability, diverse opportunities, and the chance to make a tangible impact. This combination makes it worthwhile and incredibly fulfilling for many people.

To show our appreciation for the trades and those learning new skills, Malco Tools recognizes outstanding students graduating from career education programs in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning, and Building Construction each school term. The Malco “Head of the Class” Student Recognition Program awards a graduating student that an instructor selects from their program “Head of the Class” honors, a Malco tool prize, a congratulatory certificate, and a Malco hat. Learn more here.

At Malco Tools, we look forward to putting the right tools in the hands of current and future Trade Pros for generations to come.