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Automotive Body and Glass Repairers

Automotive body and glass repairers restore, refinish, and replace vehicle bodies and frames, windshields, and window glass.

  • The median annual wage for automotive body and related repairers was $41,970 in May 2017. The median annual wage for automotive glass installers and repairers was $34,170 in May 2017.
  • Overall employment of automotive body and glass repairers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be best for job seekers with industry certification and training in automotive body and glass repair.

Society of Collision Repair Specialists

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

Automotive service technicians and mechanics, often called service technicians or service techs, inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks.

  • The median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $39,550 in May 2017.
  • Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for qualified job seekers should be very good.

National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence

Boilermakers

Boilermakers assemble, install, maintain, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases.

  • The median annual wage for boilermakers was $62,260 in May 2017.
  • Employment of boilermakers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The need to install, replace, and maintain boiler parts, such as boiler tubes, heating elements, and duct work, is an ongoing process that will require the work of boilermakers.

Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program

Carpenters

Carpenters construct, repair, and install building frameworks and structures made from wood and other materials.

  • The median annual wage for carpenters was $45,170 in May 2017.
  • Employment of carpenters is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Increased levels of new home building and remodeling activity will require more carpenters.

Associated Builders and Contractors

National Association of the Remodeling Industry

Construction and Building Inspectors

Construction and building inspectors ensure that construction meets local and national building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications.

  • The median annual wage for construction and building inspectors was $59,090 in May 2017.
  • Employment of construction and building inspectors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Public interest in safety and the desire to improve the quality of construction should continue to create demand for inspectors. Certified construction and building inspectors who can perform a variety of inspections should have the best job opportunities.

Association of Construction Inspectors

Construction Equipment Operators

Construction equipment operators drive, maneuver, or control the heavy machinery used to construct roads, bridges, buildings, and other structures.

  • The median annual wage for construction equipment operators was $46,080 in May 2017.
  • Overall employment of construction equipment operators is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Spending on infrastructure is expected to increase, resulting in new positions over the next 10 years. Workers who can operate multiple types of equipment should have the best job opportunities.

The Associated General Contractors of America

Construction Laborers and Helpers

Construction laborers and helpers perform many tasks that require physical labor on construction sites.

  • The median annual wage for construction laborers and helpers was $33,450 in May 2017.
  • Employment of construction laborers and helpers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Laborers and helpers work in all fields of construction, and demand for these workers should mirror the level of overall construction activity.

Laborers’ International Union of North America

Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics

Diesel service technicians (also known as diesel technicians) and mechanics inspect, repair, and overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engine.

  • The median annual wage for diesel service technicians and mechanics was $46,360 in May 2017.
  • Employment of diesel service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be best for those who have completed postsecondary training in diesel engine repair.

Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers

Drywall and ceiling tile installers hang wallboard and install ceiling tile inside buildings. Tapers prepare the wallboard for painting, using tape and other materials. Many workers both install and tape wallboard. Work Environment

  • The median annual wage for drywall and ceiling tile installers was $42,860 in May 2017.
  • Employment of drywall and ceiling tile installers, and tapers is projected to show little or no change from 2016 to 2026. Job opportunities should be good because of the need to replace workers who leave the occupation.

Associated Builders and Contractors

National Association of Home Builders

Electricians

Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories.

  • The median annual wage for electricians was $54,110 in May 2017.
  • Employment of electricians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As homes and businesses require more wiring, electricians will be needed to install the necessary components.

Explore the Trades

National Electrical Contractors Association

Elevator Installers and Repairers

Elevator installers and repairers install, fix, and maintain elevators, escalators, moving walkways, and other lifts.

  • The median annual wage for elevator installers and repairers was $79,480 in May 2017.
  • Employment of elevator installers and repairers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. New installation and maintenance of elevators and escalators in stores and residential and commercial buildings is expected to spur demand for workers.

National Association of Elevator Contractors

National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities

Flooring Installers and Tile and Marble Setters

Flooring installers and tile and marble setters lay and finish carpet, wood, vinyl, and tile.

  • The median annual wage for flooring installers and tile and marble setters was $40,250 in May 2017.
  • Employment of flooring installers and tile and marble setters is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The construction of new housing units will be the primary source of flooring and tile and marble installation work over the next decade.

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

National Tile Contractors Association

National Wood Flooring Association

Glaziers

Glaziers install glass in windows, skylights, and other fixtures in storefronts and buildings.

  • The median annual wage for glaziers was $42,580 in May 2017.
  • Employment of glaziers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Good job opportunities are expected from growth in the construction industries and from the need to replace glaziers who leave the occupation each year.

National Glass Association

Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

Hazardous materials (hazmat) removal workers identify and dispose of asbestos, lead, radioactive waste, and other hazardous materials. They also neutralize and clean up materials that are flammable, corrosive, or toxic.

  • The median annual wage for hazardous materials removal workers was $41,400 in May 2017.
  • Employment of hazmat removal workers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job openings will stem from the projected employment growth and the need to replace workers who leave the occupation each year.

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers—often called heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians—work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings.

  • The median annual wage for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers was $47,080 in May 2017.
  • Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Commercial and residential building construction is expected to drive employment growth, and job opportunities for HVACR technicians are expected to be good.

Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES)

Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians, also called mechanics, inspect, maintain, and repair vehicles and machinery used in construction, farming, rail transportation, and other industries.

  • The median annual wage for heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians was $49,440 in May 2017.
  • Overall employment of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As the stock of heavy vehicles and mobile equipment continues to increase, more service technicians will be needed to maintain them. Those who have completed postsecondary education programs should enjoy the best job prospects.

National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation

Industrial Machinery Mechanics, Machinery Maintenance Workers, and Millwrights

Industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment. Millwrights install, dismantle, repair, reassemble, and move machinery in factories, power plants, and construction sites.

  • The median annual wage for industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights was $50,440 in May 2017.
  • Employment of industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The need to keep increasingly sophisticated machinery functioning and efficient will continue to create demand for these workers.

National Association of Manufacturers

Insulation Workers

Insulation workers, also called insulators, install and replace the materials used to insulate buildings and their mechanical systems.

  • The median annual wage for insulation workers, floor, ceiling, and wall was $37,050 in May 2017.
  • Overall employment of insulators is projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth rates, however, will vary by occupation. Floor, ceiling, and wall insulators are expected to face strong competition for jobs because they often compete with other construction trade workers.

National Insulation Association

Ironworkers

Ironworkers install structural and reinforcing iron and steel to form and support buildings, bridges, and roads.

  • The median annual wage for reinforcing iron and rebar workers was $46,850 in May 2017. The median annual wage for structural iron and steel workers was $52,610 in May 2017.
  • Overall employment of ironworkers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The construction of large projects, such as high-rise buildings, is expected to drive employment growth, as will the need to rehabilitate, maintain, and replace an increasing number of older roads and bridges.

Line Installers and Repairers

Line installers and repairers, also known as line workers, install or repair electrical power systems and telecommunications cables, including fiber optics.

  • The median annual wage for electrical power-line installers and repairers was $69,380 in May 2017.
  • Overall employment of line installers and repairers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be best for those with good technical and mechanical skills.

Center for Energy Workforce Development

Machinists and Tool and Die Makers

Machinists and tool and die makers set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled and mechanically controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools.

  • The median annual wage for machinists was $42,600 in May 2017. The median annual wage for tool and die makers was $52,480 in May 2017.
  • Overall employment of machinists and tool and die makers is projected to show little or no change from 2016 to 2026. Job opportunities for these workers should be good because of the number of job openings arising each year from the need to replace workers who retire or leave the occupation.

National Tooling and Machining Association

Masonry Workers

Masonry workers, also known as masons, use bricks, concrete blocks, concrete, and natural and man-made stones to build walls, walkways, fences, and other masonry structures.

  • The median annual wage for masonry workers was $42,900 in May 2017.
  • Employment of masonry workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Population growth will result in the construction of more schools, hospitals, homes, and other buildings. Workers with experience in construction should have the best job opportunities.

Mason Contractors Association of America

Medical Equipment Repairers

Medical equipment repairers install, maintain, and repair patient care equipment.

  • The median annual wage for medical equipment repairers was $48,820 in May 2017.
  • Employment of medical equipment repairers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations. Employment is projected to grow slightly as these repairers will be needed to repair medical equipment in healthcare settings.

Painters, Construction and Maintenance

Painters apply paint, stain, and coatings to walls and ceilings, buildings, bridges, and other structures.

  • The median annual wage for painters, construction and maintenance was $37,960 in May 2017.
  • Employment of painters is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Overall job prospects should be good because of the need to replace workers who leave the occupation each year.

Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters install and repair pipes that carry liquids or gases to, from, and within businesses, homes, and factories.

  • The median annual wage for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters was $52,590 in May 2017.
  • Employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. New construction and building maintenance and repair should drive demand for these workers, and overall job opportunities are expected to be good.

Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association

National Fire Sprinkler Association

United Association: Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, and Service Techs

Roofers

Roofers replace, repair, and install the roofs of buildings, using a variety of materials, including shingles, bitumen, and metal.

  • The median annual wage for roofers was $38,970 in May 2017.
  • Employment of roofers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Most of the demand for roofers will stem from roof replacement needs and job turnover.

National Roofing Contractors Association

United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers & Allied Workers

Sheet Metal Workers

Sheet metal workers fabricate or install products that are made from thin metal sheets, such as ducts used in heating and air conditioning systems.

  • The median annual wage for sheet metal workers was $47,990 in May 2017.
  • Employment of sheet metal workers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth reflects an expected increase in the number of industrial, commercial, and residential structures that will be built over the coming decade.

Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

American Welding Society

Small Engine Mechanics

Small engine mechanics inspect, service, and repair motorized power equipment. Mechanics often specialize in one type of equipment, such as motorcycles, motorboats, or outdoor power equipment.

  • The median annual wage for small engine mechanics was $35,990 in May 2017.
  • Overall employment of small engine mechanics is projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Those who have completed postsecondary training programs should have better job prospects.

Association of Marine Technicians

Solar Photovoltaic Installers

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installers, also known as PV installers, assemble, install, and maintain solar panel systems on rooftops or other structures.

  • The median annual wage for solar photovoltaic installers was $39,490 in May 2017.
  • Employment of solar photovoltaic (PV) installers is projected to grow 105 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The continued expansion and adoption of solar panel installations will result in excellent job opportunities for qualified individuals, particularly those who complete photovoltaic training courses at a community college or technical school.

Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA)

Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers

Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, also known as telecom technicians, set up and maintain devices that carry communications signals, such as telephone lines and Internet routers.

The median annual wage for telecommunications equipment installers and repairers was $53,380 in May 2017.

Employment of telecommunications equipment installers and repairers is projected to decline 8 percent from 2016 to 2026. Consumers increasingly demand wireless and mobile services, which often require less installation. Candidates with a 2-year degree and strong customer-service skills should have the best job prospects.

National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers use hand-held or remotely controlled equipment to join or cut metal parts. They also fill holes, indentations, or seams in metal products.

  • The median annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers was $40,240 in May 2017.
  • Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings.

American Welding Society