By now, you’ve heard about the vast number of job openings in the trades. With Baby Boomers retiring and a never-ending need for skilled workers, the trades have never been more inviting for those looking to grow their career and eventually run their own business. But some trades are skyrocketing – and these fastest growing trade jobs have the most need for new people like you, just now stepping into the workforce.

Read on to discover the fastest growing trade jobs and why getting into the trades now is one of the best ideas you may have for a career.

Some of the Fastest Growing Trade Jobs for 2020

Renewable Energy Technicians

Unsurprisingly, new technology brings new jobs. While renewable energy sources aren’t as new as they used to be, the technology within them is growing and making them more viable than ever before. Solar photovoltaic installers and wind turbine service technicians are skilled jobs like any other. You’ll learn skills on the job, and while these types of technology are unique, the skills that go into installing and maintaining them can apply across many fields.

While typical jobs can see growth in just small percentages, the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that these types of jobs may have upwards of 63 percent job growth between now and 2028! 

Flooring Installers

Another industry that’s begging for new workers is flooring, which includes tile and marble setters. With the explosive growth in new housing that’s expected to continue, tradespeople of all types will be needed. While carpenters and electricians are popular trades to look to, installing floors requires the same level of experience and skill.

Flooring installers get to work with all types of different materials, from wood to tile and carpet. While new housing is an obvious source of business, remodeling is just as common. This creates a wealth of opportunity to employ these skills. It’s no surprise that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts an 11 percent growth over the next few years! 

Plumbers & Pipefitters

Just like flooring installers, both new buildings and those in need of retrofitting are in desperate need of plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters. Any work that involves installation and maintenance of pipes that transport liquid and gas, requires a skilled tradesperson.

Job growth in this industry is projected by the BLS to be around 14 percent, which places it much higher than average. However, this growth also comes in an industry that’s already fairly large – meaning the high percentage is surprising!

Like most trades, the plumbing industry is one that lets you earn as much as you’d like – if you’re willing to do the work. There’s always plumbing work to be done, from new installation to repairs and house calls. Building a reputation as a reliable plumber can lead to furthering a career in an industry that’s almost guaranteed to give you an opportunity at being your own boss.

Steelworkers and Ironworkers

The entire world is covered in steel and ironwork. From high-rises to bridges and everything in between, our basic infrastructure relies on a vast network of qualified workers. Those working in structural steel and iron industries are particularly desirable – the job is demanding and often involves working at great heights. Despite this, modern safety equipment and guidelines make it just as safe as any work, as long as you follow the guidelines!

You may have noticed the trend by now – steel and ironworkers are another industry booming due to the continual expansion of our infrastructure and new construction. At a projected 11 percent job growth, it’s another one of the fastest growing trade jobs and another great opportunity that makes success that much easier to achieve.

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