Trade jobs that have stayed in-demand during COVID-19
Many job sectors and industries have been hit hard during COVID-19, but not all hope is lost. Even during hardship, millions will continue to rely on basic utilities and services to lead their lives. This is why, pandemic or not, those who excel in trade jobs will continue to thrive.
Also echoing this is an analysis by PeopleReady Skilled Trades. Their report notes that the demand grew rapidly for many skilled trade jobs starting from the pandemic’s onset in March 2020 through January 2021.
Trade jobs have long suffered the misconception of offering a measly pay, but they can in fact be rewarding careers, especially in today’s competitive economic climate that produces almost four million newly-minted graduates each year.
The technical and vocational education and training (TVET) route is a viable option for those looking for a more affordable alternative to the traditional four-year college education route.
Trade school is also ideal for those interested in entering a specific field of work, or for those who are looking to gain hands-on training.
Now that we’ve established the job security that comes with taking the TVET route, here are the five trade professions that have been booming this year:
Are you all about the finishing touches? This is the path for you. Drywall finishers measure, cute, and fit drywall panels around mechanical structures. While these professionals work primarily for construction companies, some run their own business — applying finish to interior or exterior walls, ceilings, and building partitions for a variety of clients.
Tile and stone setters
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, flooring installers and tile and stone setters typically need no formal educational credential. Their jobs typically revolve around applying hard tile, stone, and comparable materials to walls, floors, ceilings, countertops, and roof decks.
If you aren’t afraid of heights, have excellent carpentry skills, and enjoy working outside, you could consider a career as a roofer. These professionals install, repair, or replace flat roofs and shingles. Much like drywall finishers, roofers can find employment at general construction companies or start their own business.
Glaziers are the trade experts responsible for measuring, installing, and repairing glass for homes, hotels, shops, offices, and more. Their role also includes choosing appropriate materials for the job in hand, removing old and broken panes, and ensuring glass is sealed to be watertight.
Carpenters build a variety of objects and infrastructure, including buildings, highways, and homes. They also have the option to take on smaller scale jobs such as home remodeling and installing kitchen cabinets. Every project is different than the next, and a great deal of stamina and flexibility is essential.