Careers in the Trades

(click on the Occupation to find out what this craftsman does, the work environment, how to become one, what they get paid, the job outlook and similar occupations) 


Occupation A skilled worker is someone who… Salary*
Auto Mechanic repairs automobiles & trucks $35,790-52,310
Baker:  makes breads using ovens $23,140 (avg)
Barber:  cuts, shaves and styles men's hair $25,010-44,190
Boilermaker: uses steel to make boilers and furnaces $36,710-55,231
Bricklayer: lays bricks $47,717-59,861
Cabinet Maker builds cabinets $33,528-49.039
Carpenter  uses natural wood for the construction 
of buildings, ships and bridges
Cement Mason works with concrete. $39,341-$65,680
Chimney sweep   cleans soot and ashes from chimneys
and fireplaces
$18,000 (avg)
Construction worker actually constructs buildings $35,390-62,280
Cosmetologist/ Hairstylist does hairstyling, cosmetics, manicures
 and pedicures 
Drywall & Ceiling Tile Installer installs/repairs dry wall and ceiling tiles $37,210-75,770
Electrician specializes in electrical power & systems $43,933-60,778
Glazier works with glass. $39,948-55,407
Heavy Equipment  Operator drives heavy equipment (front loaders, 
cranes, excavators, etc.)
HVAC Mechanic installs/repairs heating & air conditioning $41,168-55,713
Ironworker works with structural steel for buildings 
and bridges,
Laborer uses power and air tools and small
heavy equipment in construction.
Lumberjack  fells trees in the logging industry  $34,708-44,105
Longshoreman (Stevedore) loads and unloads ships $44,110-60,137
Machinist makes or modifys metal or plastic 
Mechanic:  uses tools to make or repair machines $40,056-52,838
Millwright   installs machinery $51,963-77,005
Painter   paints and decorates buildings 
and objects
Pipefitter  makes and repairs piping systems $42,912-58,580
Plasterer  works with plaster for construction $36,680-68,140
Plumber  specializes in water and drainage 
Roofer  specializes in weatherproofing buildings.   $35,520-59,310
Sheet metal worker build precision metal parts $43,890-76,530
Steeplejack builds and repairs tall towers, church 
steeples and chimneys
$44,000 (avg)
Steel worker produce steel $27,680-85,660
Stone mason  use natural stone in building and sculpting $39,460-65,040
Tile & Marble Setter use ceramic, stone, metal or glass 
material for coverings
Tool & Die maker builds and repairs clocks and watches $44,639-60,071
Watchmaker make dies, molds, cutting tools for
Welder joins metals together $36,055-57,120
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