Trade Labor Careers Earn More Than You Think

Any career in the hard labor or skilled trade profession has the stigma of being a less-than-respectable type of job. Doing the hard physical work it takes to perform these tasks is still looked down on as requiring little training and little brainpower. The truth is that many of these types of jobs need their workers to be coordinated, dedicated to the project, and, most importantly, well trained in their skill. Because skilled labor careers often have this negative label, they are seen as being low-income jobs as well. That, however, is just not so. Many labor workers can stand to earn high incomes, especially when they have the training and experience under their belt. Their jobs can be earning just as much as medical professionals, lawyers, or other jobs that are seen as prestigious.

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports this year (2010) labor careers in engineering and mechanics can earn quite a nice paycheck. Aircraft mechanics and aircraft service maintenance are incredibly important to the safety of the thousands of people who fly around the world every day. On average they can earn between $41,604 to $54,506 a year in salary for a job that is very necessary in making sure airplanes and helicopters are functional and pass safety codes. Other specialized mechanic jobs can earn good pay too. Industrial mechanics that repair and maintain factory equipment and vehicles can earn around $55,000 on average.

Another great industry that can offer great pay with benefits is plant workers. Even though they can be looked down on, without these types of workers entire cities would not have the means to power their modern conveniences. Engineers, power distributors, gas plant operators, and nuclear plant operators can earn great salaries. In fact, all of them, on average, can stand to earn $70,000 a year or more!

Vehicle engineers, who work to build, maintain, or repair larger forms of transportation, are part of a specialized field too. Locomotive engineers work with one of the oldest forms of transportation and can between $50,000 and $70,000 a year. Ships and boats are another specialized field. Shipyards, especially military operated ones, are always constructing and developing new projects. The demand for ship engineers and mechanics is always high. They can go on to make around $65,000 a year.

Despite what anyone says, many of these skilled personnel can work in sectors of the labor industry that require them to be highly qualified. They stand to earn fantastic pay and many times they will work for companies that offer generous benefit packages. Even in the skilled labor industry there are higher levels of employment one can climb to, gaining critical skills and experience that help to make the modern world function. If anything they are well respected and highly desirable.

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