Skilled Trades

Why Generation Z Is Choosing Trade School Over College

About to graduate from high school? Already finished school and weighing your options for the next step? Then you are likely part of Generation Z, the group of Americans born in 1997 and later.1 Unlike your older siblings and parents, going to college may not be part of your life plan. You’re not alone. Your […]

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What Is Vocational Training?

Vocational training is an educational approach that teaches students only the skills and knowledge necessary for a career that does not require a bachelor’s or advanced degree from a college.1 Offered at the high school and postsecondary level, vocational training is characterized by a combination of conceptual and hands-on instruction in career-specific subject matter.2 Vocational […]

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6 Fun Jobs That Don’t Require a Degree

A job that has a positive work environment and interesting responsibilities can make a 40-hour workweek go by much faster because it’s enjoyable—fun, even. The good news is, there are plenty of enjoyable jobs for which you don’t need to attend college. And, they can pay well, too! We’ve compiled a list of 6 fun […]

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Trade Jobs in Arizona You Can Train for in Less Than a Year

Many young people these days are reconsidering their career options and looking for alternatives to college as student loan debt in the U.S. has reached a staggering $1.5 trillion. Plus, it takes at least four years until a college student can earn full-time wages, yet another reason many young people are turning to the trades […]

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3 Careers for Moms Going Back to Work

Are you a mom getting ready to re-enter the workforce? Feeling overwhelmed? Want to make a smart decision—one that could save you precious time? We get it. Going back to work is a big decision after having kids. That’s because working moms really have two jobs: raising their kids and clocking forty hours or more […]

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Career Change at 40? Consider the Skilled Trades

Thinking about a career change at 40? But what should you do? You’ll likely have to continue working your current job while you prepare for your new career. Time and money are important factors. But, ultimately, you really want a job where you’ll be happier. Perhaps you want to get outside and be more active […]

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The Importance of Vocational Training

About to graduate from high school and dreading the idea of college? Did you know there are other options? Vocational training is one gaining national attention lately. Vocational training is increasingly becoming a vital component of the U.S. economy because it prepares students for in-demand career opportunities in the skilled trades. If you’re interested in […]

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Are There Trades Jobs for Women?

The answer: Yes. It’s no longer a man’s world in construction and other traditionally male-dominated fields. That’s because the skilled trades are becoming an increasingly attractive career choice for women. And after years of making up only a small part of the skilled trades workforce, their numbers are rising.[1] The day when a women’s image […]

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What Is Trade School?

Career college, vocational school, technical school and trade school are all postsecondary institutions that prepare students for a specific profession. These schools typically take two years or less to complete and award diplomas, degrees and certificates. Trade schools offer hands-on training in skilled trades like HVAC maintenance and repair, welding and electrical work.[1][2] Should I […]

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What Is a Welder Salary in Arizona?

The average national salary for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers in Arizona was $43,480 in 2017, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Welders in Arizona made a mean hourly wage of $20.91 and a median hourly wage of $18.79.[1] Read on to learn what factors influence salary for welders in Arizona and […]

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