Top Five Overlooked Careers in High-Demand

Top Five Overlooked Careers in High-Demand

There are many jobs in the skilled trades that are in high demand. Rewarding career paths like carpentry, plumbers and HVACR technicians do not require a four-year degree. In addition, they all have the earning potential of more than $50,000 a year. In fact, many skilled trades offer apprentice opportunities so students can earn while they learn. So, if you’re thinking about starting a new career, your current skills are likely a match for at least one career path in the skilled trades. Here are the top five overlooked careers in high-demand:


Critical thinkers who are detail oriented, are drawn to carpentry. To start with, Carpenters construct and repair structures from wood and other materials. Precision is key in this position to ensure items measure out exactly. Along with precision, it takes complex problem-solving for project management and troubleshooting issues. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2019 national average wage for carpenters was $52,850 annually. The majority of carpenters are self-employed and are able to set their own schedule.



Professionals in this field have excellent analytical skills and solid hand-eye coordination. From diagnosing problems to working with a variety of tools and technology, this career choice offers job satisfaction through daily challenges. On top of this, qualified electricians are always in demand.  According to the BLS, the 2019 national average wage for electricians was $60,370 annually. Electricians pay and employment is expected to grow 10 percent by 2028.



Communicating clearly with clients is key as a professional painter. Painters have to make some judgements on what looks good and ensure all the details are sharp and neat. Painting and maintaining surfaces improve the appearance of a home and can increase its value. Luckily, there is always a need for experienced painters. According to the BLS, the 2019 national average wage for painters was $44,640 annually.



In general, plumbers are excellent listeners and problem-solvers, two important skills for troubleshooting issues. On top of this, Plumbers install, repair, and maintain pipes in residential, commercial and/or industrial buildings. As long as there are complex water systems in and outside of homes, there will be a need for reliable plumbers. According to the BLS, the 2019 national average wage for plumbers was $59,800 annually. On top of this, by 2028, plumbing wages can expect to grow by 14 percent.


HVACR Technician

A heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technician is a rewarding career path for individuals who excel in customer service and critical thinking skills. In addition, technicians listen to customers’ problems and try to solve them. The fact is, HVACR technicians continue to be vital, even as the technology advances, in order to replace older units or systems with more energy efficient models. According to the BLS, the 2019 national average wage for HVACR technicians was $51,420 annually. In the future, Employment growth in HVACR is expected to increase by 13 percent by 2028. 

Interested in how the Covid Pandemic effect the trades? This article shows that trades are always going to be in high demand.

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Justin Green 

President, Greater Fort Smith Association of Home Builders