When you’re conducting your job search – don’t overlook blue-collar jobs – some of these jobs pay very well and, In fact, some of these jobs pay better than white-collar jobs!
As an owner of an executive search firm we deal with executive level and upper management positions, but one of the common issue discussed with these executives is the lack of quality labor and operators in the workforce today.
What do you think the reason is behind these problems? Why are so many young people shunning blue-collar jobs? Is it work ethic? Are we getting lazier as a society? Is it just too “hard” and there are a lot of easier ways to make money? What is it?
I really think its education. Do you think some of these young people today – that are struggling in their careers – understand how much money some of these blue-collar jobs pay? And, how much in demand these jobs are, and will be in the future? I don’t think so.
Computers today cannot replace most blue-collar jobs (yet).
Do you want to talk about job security? Until we have robots doing the things that are done by people today, there will be longevity in these positions. I assume, in time, we will have smart robotic computers doing some of these blue-collar jobs, but that’s a long time down the road.
Until the day when computers (as in robots) can deliver themselves, we will still have transportation careers and all of the associated blue-collar support positions like drivers, captains, pilots, and conductors, plus all of the associated mechanics for those trains, planes, ships and trucks. Transportation is a good industry to explore for your career.
Until the day when computers (as in robots) can build bridges, dams, tunnels, power plants, skyscrapers, homes, roads, and all of the associated blue collar support positions like, heavy equipment operators, crane operators, welders, surveyors, electrical, mechanical, plumbers, plus all of the associated mechanics for all of the equipment needed to build these jobs. Construction and construction materials is a good industry to explore for your career.
It is very common to find individuals within these two industries making very good livings and, in fact, some of these positions pay well into the six figures. Does it take some training? Yes! Are some of these positions a lot of manual labor and very hard work? Yes! Not everyone is cut out for these types of industry and blue-collar positions, I understand that, but my point is don’t overlook blue-collar jobs!
So, the next time you’re near a construction site, airport, shipyard, or train station, take a look around at the support staff. You know, the mechanics, drivers, loaders, and the heavy equipment operators that are needed to do these jobs. It’s not sexy, I know, but these positions pay well and are in demand and will be for years to come. My point? Don’t overlook blue-collar jobs! It just might be the right thing for YOU! I hope this helps.
Good luck to you!
As always, if you liked this please “like and share”
PS. If you’re interested in taking a quick career test to find out if you’re compatible for these industries, or if you want to find your perfect career, I think the people at career planner do a really good job at this. Click here to take your test.