These “Blue Collar” Jobs Pay Well, and Need Workers

With so many young people going to college and getting on the “white collar” career track, certain “blue collar” jobs provide wide-open opportunities for those who can live without office life.

In particular, the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) industries are suffering a shortage of qualified workers.

What may surprise people is that skilled workers in these industries often make higher pay to start out than their office-worker counterparts do.

Direct Energy, an HVAC company whose brands include One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and Mister Sparky, is one of the companies that needs new workers.

The company has partnered with Mike Rowe — the Creator, Executive Producer, and Host of Somebody’s Gotta Do It and Dirty Jobs — to highlight the benefits of training for a career in the HVAC field.

Toward that end, it has produced an infographic showing some of these benefits. Check it out HERE.

As you can see, the starting pay for work in skilled trades averages $48,110 – which is substantially more than some other “college required” industries pay.

Now, there are caveats: while you don’t need an advanced degree to work in the skilled trades, you do need highly specialized training.

Also, while you can make more money to start, the “ceiling” on your pay can wind up being quite a bit lower than you’d find in various office careers.

Even with those limitations, there are some great opportunities out there for those who wish to think outside the typical college/office box.

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