Build Your Future: The Complete Guide to a Skilled Trades Career

There has never been a better time to consider a career in the skilled trades. More than 2.5 million job openings in 2021 were in the skilled trades, and that number isn’t expected to drop in the coming years. Skilled trades rely more on trade schools, apprenticeships, and on-the-job trainings than a four-year college degree, and they take people above and beyond the entry-level positions that often get called “unskilled labor.”

Skilled trades cover a wide variety of positions in areas like construction, manufacturing and industrial, transportation, energy, and agriculture. They reference specific skills or knowledge essential for current industry. Skilled trade professionals have opportunities for growth and advancement, and many of them become entrepreneurs who can set their own schedules, work for themselves, and enjoy high levels of independence.

Build Your Future breaks down the top ten myths about skilled trades and tackles the question of whether college is really the best option for everyone. It addresses average salaries, future prospects, learning pathways, opportunities for entrepreneurship, and questions of overall job satisfaction to provide students with the information they need to decide their paths for the future.

Perfect for high schoolers and their parents, Build Your Future reminds readers that there are options for success and employment happiness beyond four-year college degrees. To learn more about the book or place an order, contact

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