Skilled 4 Work: Spike in trade jobs
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – With the tech market being so up and down right now, there’s a surge in interest in the kinds of jobs that never go out of style — skilled trades.
After all, people will always need plumbers or electricians or car mechanics.
“People are finding out that with a four-year degree they’re not making a whole lot of money off the bat, and they’re ending up in a lot of debt,” said Abby Carlson.
Carlson plans to finish welding school in October with zero debt. She’s part of a growing movement toward skilled trades.
Enrollment in construction trade programs spiked by 7% last year. For auto mechanics and repair, it was up 5%.
“I have hope for the future, like I never did before,” said Carlson.
She’s hopeful for opportunity, even in an uncertain economy.