Despite what conventional society believes, a successful career does not necessarily start with a degree. Higher learning isn't for everybody nor does it have to be. Children should be encouraged to consider all their career options. They should know it's about choosing the right path and getting the right training. Here are five top tradesmen careers that, with proper education and experience, promise to be rewarding for your children.
HVAC technicians ensure that residential and commercial heating and cooling systems are always at peak operation. No child should disregard HVAC. Experienced techs in the field can make between $60,000 and $80,000 a year, figures that most of us associate with sitting in offices.
Many plumbers begin their career working in the field as assistants. But once they have been trained and certified, your child will be part of an industry that will always be in demand. In 2011, plumbers were taking home an average $52,000. Successful and reputable techs in the field have been known to make up to $250,000 a year.
Elevator Installer & Repairer
Elevator installers and repairers inspect, assemble, install and repair not just elevators, but chairlifts, escalators, mobile walkways and other similar equipment. Like many tradesmen jobs, this is a highly skilled profession that requires understanding how to maximize safety and efficiency. If a member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors, elevator installers can earn over $70,000.
It only looks easy, standing there managing a hammering device. But there is the potential to create serious damage and injury. There are diesel, hydraulic and vibratory tools, each requiring their specific training. These construction positions can pay between $40,000 and $60,000, with veterans making almost $75,000. To get detailed information about this trade, you should contact an institution like Buckeye Educational Systems.
Commercial diving covers a range of activity. While specific training will be required depending on position, all that's really needed is a diploma, equivalency, and the ability to swim well and pass the physical. If your child spent summers on the beach or earned money as a lifeguard, they might appreciate this field. It's hard to pinpoint exact salary because of the job's variety, but mean salaries are approximately $55,000. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, top earners are making $93,000.
If you want to have a conversation about your child's options in the trades, contact a trades school. Your confidence in the possibilities will boost the confidence of your children.