3 Reasons Why Blue Collar Workers Earn More Than You Think By Jim Heasley
Posted: Mar 09, 2015
You wish you could do what you love, but money is important to you. It’s not just a matter of wanting all the fanciest, most expensive things, but a matter of wanting a comfortable life that will help you support yourself and/or your family. You think that the best-paying jobs require a four-year liberal arts degree, even though you’d prefer working with your hands or using the technical aspect of your brain. If you’re getting into liberal arts for the high salary, you’re headed down the wrong path. That love you feel for doing physical or technical labor will actually translate into a better salary and a more comfortable lifestyle.
Blue collar workers are more in demand than ever. You’ll save yourself money now by jumping right into an apprenticeship or a short technical educational program instead of saddling yourself with college debts. Many blue collar workers are even paid while they train, which means you’ll have more money in your pocket faster – a necessity if your family is expanding or you’re finally ready to buy a house. Combine your passions with a good-paying job by working as a construction worker, a technician, a craftsperson, a repairperson or a laborer.
There’s Less Competition
Considering the competition for white collar jobs, employers can be pickier than ever and offer lower salaries and benefits than they ever have before because if you don’t want the job, there’s someone else who will. Blue collar industries are in much greater need of workers, so they have more to offer workers. That means greater salaries and chances to advance. Better benefits and financial assistance with training and earning a specialized degree.
These Are Specialized Jobs
You can’t just walk off the street and start working a rewarding, blue collar job. The best-paying jobs of any kind require specialized training, but blue collar workers have the advantage of spending less time in school or learning during a paid apprenticeship. Because you have to be good at what you do, you’re rewarded appropriately with attractive benefits and a high salary.
In addition, many of these jobs involve greater physical exertion and more risk than working in an office (unless you count all of the health conditions people develop from sitting at a desk all day), so the pay is more attractive to compensate. If you train correctly and work cautiously, you’ll be safe, but it takes a specialist to perform these tasks safely.
They’re Always Evolving
Like any good job, blue collar jobs are always evolving for the better – but when advances are made in the industry, they really revolutionize how things are done. Employers want people who will design a more efficient building or energy source or figure out a faster, more cost-effective way to build and repair. They’re willing to pay well for the innovators who tackle these tasks. Blue collar jobs are so much more than physical labor; they’re an exercise for the active mind, a chance for inventors to get financially rewarded for their ideas.
Blue collar industries are so eager to recruit new workers, they make it easy to find a one- to four-year educational program or an apprenticeship. There are plenty of resources for you if you decide that you’re ready for a stable, rewarding career in a hands-on industry. Think about it seriously before you commit to decades of paying off student loans for a liberal arts degree.
About the Author: Jim Heasley has been a construction worker for over 25 years. He recommends those who want to work in the construction industry get the proper training to maximize their earning potential.
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