If you’re handy with a wrench or hammer, you might decide to pursue a career as a skilled tradesperson.
There are plenty of options to choose from—plumbing, electrical work, construction, painting, kitchen and bath remodeling, tile and carpet installation, and so much more. Many people enjoy trade jobs because they love working with their hands—and they have some flexibility in setting their own hours.
The job outlook for trade work ranges from steady to robust. Electricians are projected to have the best growth at 8% growth throughout the 2020s, much faster than average for all occupations. Construction jobs are projected to increase by 5% during the decade, while the job market for plumbers is expected to expand by 4 percent for that same period.