Exploring The Skilled Trades

The Top 5 Trades You Don't Know Exist

Jason Burns
Sr Content Strategist

Posted 04/20/2019

When we think of skilled trades, a few reliably come to mind: plumbing, carpentry, and electrical. But did you know that there are dozens of other specialty skilled trades seeking workers? Given the current labor gap with more skilled trade jobs available than workers to fill them, now is a great time to learn about a few jobs you never even knew were skilled trades. 

Check out our top 5 list below: 

1. Painting & Wallpapering: 

Maybe getting down and dirty with sewage systems or connecting hot wires isn't your thing. If you’re more creative or like less “dirty” work, you can go to school for painting and wallpapering. It’s a great way to use your creativity in your work and to provide an essential service that gives homes their memorable look and feel. No one celebrates the electrician, but the genius who tied the room together and made it feel complete is a hero to their employers. 

2. Home Audio/Video Design & Installation: 

As we move towards home designs and systems that are smarter-- more digital and automated-- more home and business owners are in need of audio/visual designers and installers for their buildings. Many consumers want a “smart home," but they need professional support to get one. If you love high-tech, love good audio, and are somewhat mechanically inclined, you can become an audio/visual technician for home or commercial design. 

3. Tiling: 

Moving into the realm of interior design-- interior tiling is considered a skilled trade. There is a great deal of skill and artistry involved in this trade, from selection to laying and grouting. If you enjoy making rooms come to life with tiling accents or pulling bathrooms and kitchens together with tiling details, then this is an excellent career to consider with little preparation needed to get started. 

4. Appliance Repair: 

Today's homes feature dozens of appliances. No one could possibly know how to fix all of them by themselves, which is why we call in the professional appliance repairmen. You can learn how to fix microwaves, toasters, refrigerators, and more, and a loyal clientele can land you continuous, lucrative work. 

5. Flooring: 

Similar to tiling, if you have a passion for high-quality flooring, you can work with carpet, hardwood, vinyl, laminate, or tile. Because floors are an essential part of homes, becoming a skilled flooring installer can make you a highly in-demand contractor. 

Best of all, these lesser-known skilled trades can be learned in just 6-months, getting you one step closer to charging $25-$50 per hour for your services. Despite the push towards higher education we see today in society, going to school for a skill that is essential in the home building and construction trades can provide you with a higher hourly income than a college degree. The fact that an industry is in desperate need of these services means great job security, too. 

Interested in starting your career in the trades? Go to our programs page and find the nearest training program in your area.