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Trade School Versus College Salary Comparison
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Some plumbers earning $90,000 as job openings go unfilled.
Steered toward college, ‘I never knew this was an option’.
Like other college prep schools, Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School north of Tampa, Florida, touts its 100 percent college acceptance rate to burnish its image and recruit students.
This year it could fall short of that mark for the first time in a while. Instead of shooting for the University of Florida or another four-year college, graduating senior Cassian O’Neill is leaning toward installing water heaters and fixing leaky toilets as a plumber.
“I don’t want to sit at a desk all day and work on a computer,” said Cassian, 19. "I want to do more hands-on work, so I thought the best way to do that was being a plumber or an electrician or a welder. The amount of money plumbers are making is definitely decent and it can always go up because so few people know how to do that work.”
Indeed, the 40 plumbers at Superior Plumbing in Atlanta earn around $90,000 in wages and commissions -- about 70 percent higher than the region’s average income. Owner Jay Cunningham figures he could immediately fill 20 more plumbing jobs if he could find people with the right set of skills and a presentable appearance and demeanor. He blames the talent shortage on parental bias for college over the trades.
"We probably need to do a better job hammering in how much debt you’re going to have going to college," said Niel Dawson, who runs apprentice and training programs for Independent Electrical Contractors in Georgia. "From day one you’re earning money in an apprenticeship program."
The 3.8 percent U.S. unemployment rate has exacerbated a skilled labor shortage that had been building for years. To turn the tide, American’s blue-collar industries are adopting a blunter recruiting approach by touting how new entrants can earn more than some college graduates, without incurring tens of thousands of debt. Specialized jobs including aircraft mechanics and heavy- equipment technicians can surpass $100,000, and industry groups and states including Michigan and Georgia are incorporating that into their advertising campaigns.
Georgia recently spent $3 million on a campaign to push its technical colleges and is touting its tuition-free grant program for 17 high-demand jobs, including commercial truck driving, electrical linemen and diesel equipment technology, said Matt Arthur, commissioner of Georgia’s Technical College System.
In Michigan, the state Department of Talent and Economic Development is behind a campaign called Going Pro that tries to create a buzz around the professional trades. Front and center on the campaign’s web page, www.going-pro.com, is a list of career fields and how much they pay -- mentioned even before a description of what each job does.
Electrical power-line installers and repairers earn $77,000, the site says. Plumbers and pipefitters earn $65,000.
“The biggest question that we get is, ‘How much money can we make?’,” said Sammie Lukaskiewicz, the agency’s deputy director of marketing and strategy.
Trash hauler Waste Management Inc. offers $7,000 signing bonuses for certain mechanic jobs, and some competitors are offering up to $15,000, said Chief Human Resources Officer Tamla Oates-Forney. The company’s drivers meanwhile will earn $50,000 to $75,000 a year, she said.
Waste Management is also trying more creative ways to plug hard-to-fill jobs, including testing a new program to let workers steer landfill bulldozers remotely.
“You don’t have to be out at a sweaty, stinky landfill. You can be in a very pristine, pleasant environment,” Oates-Forney said. “It’s going to be more appealing, and we will be able to recruit veterans and also women who might never have thought about being in this type of industry.”
Major automotive players including Nissan North America, Manheim and Interstate Batteries are pushing young people to become auto technicians through an advocacy group called the TechForce Foundation. It’s urging repair shops to talk up their potential wages as much as possible and go way beyond traditional high school career fairs.
"You gotta get out there and start talking with them in middle school,” said TechForce director of national initiatives Greg Settle.
To be sure, a bachelor’s degree generally is more lucrative in the long run than a middle-skill job that requires some post-secondary education short of a four-year degree. Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce has studied the growth of what it calls “good jobs” -- those paying at least $35,000 or $45,000 depending on someone’s age -- over time and among people with different education levels.
Good jobs requiring bachelor’s degrees doubled between 1991 and 2016, while middle-skills jobs including many trades grew a more modest 29 percent, the center found. Good jobs requiring only a high school degree fell by 12 percent.
Soaring college debt, though, could tip the scales in favor of trade schools for at least some students. Student debt loads reached almost $29,000 on average nationally in 2017, with Connecticut students carrying more than $38,000 in debt, according to to the Institute for College Access and Success. While some trade certificate programs can cost as much as $45,000, many are covered in part by employers and others, like Georgia’s programs, are tuition-free.
Eight years ago, Hayden Bramlett was suffering through business courses at Valdosta State University in south Georgia. “It was like watching paint dry,” he says.
Today, the 28-year-old is finishing up a four-year electrician training program at an Independent Electrical Contractors campus in Atlanta. Meanwhile, he’s working for one of the Atlanta area’s bigger electrical, plumbing and air conditioning companies, earning more than $100,000 some years, he says.
If one is willing to work, the demand for electricians “way outweighs the people we have in this trade," Bramlett said. "I never knew this was an option. I was steered toward college. It feels good to know I could walk out the door and get a job.”
Lifelong Learning Benefits Your Career
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In many ways lifelong learning is more important now than ever. The pace of technological change that is replacing workers with robots makes lifelong learning critical to long-term career success.
"The old college model of learning and earning a degree is less relevant today," said John Coleman, a co-author of the book "Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders." "The idea that you can be certified once and be able to do that work the rest of your life is flawed."
The better strategy: "Rather than front-loading your education, you have to adapt as the economy changes," Coleman told IBD.
Lifelong Learning Definition
What is lifelong learning? It's the self-motivated, continuous effort to improve your knowledge and understanding in any subject area for personal and professional development.
From reading to casually learning a new language with friends to enrolling in formal classes, lifelong learning takes many forms.
Benefits Of Lifelong Learning In The Workplace Depending on what you study, higher education usually means you earn more over the span of your career. Generally speaking, you earn more if you have a college degree. If you have a bachelor's degree, you'll earn 40% more every week on average than someone who has a high school degree. And the unemployment rate for high school graduates is more than double the rate for holders of bachelor degrees.
But the economic benefits of lifelong learning are equal to or great than earning that initial college degree, Coleman says.
Technology is fueling the fastest change in the workplace that will require people to learn new skills in a hurry. Robots are replacing many of the jobs people do today. If you don't learn new skills, you will be out of work.
Lifelong learning also makes you a better leader. As more people work past their retirement age and millennials join the workforce in droves, the workplace is more diverse than ever.
"Lifelong learning keeps you fresh and engaged and lets you see alternative views," said Herb Stevenson, CEO of Cleveland Consulting Group, a leadership and executive development firm in Novelty, Ohio. "This in turn helps you manage better in a multigenerational workplace. (Lifelong learning) broadens what's acceptable and what's possible."
Make Time For Continuous Learning
What's the easiest way to keep boosting your knowledge? Read. Stevenson says many of the busy executives he coaches say they don't have time to read.
"Change your priorities," he tells them. Make it part of your job. There is nothing wrong with taking 20 minutes of quiet time in the morning to read while you're at work, Stevenson says.
"Besides, if you're good at what you do, you should be able to leave it for a little while without it falling apart," he added.
Another option: audiobooks. Listen to books while on a flight or a long drive. Even listening to Ted Talks can be an excellent way to incorporate learning into your day.
Stevenson says you also get a big bang for your buck when you enroll in intensive one- or two-week-long leadership programs at top-notch universities. They might cost between $10,000 and $12,000 but they're far cheaper than earning a traditional MBA.
Health Benefits Of Lifelong Learning
Lifelong learning benefits overall psychological well-being. "Keep using your brain so your brain stays healthy," said Coleman, a contributor to Harvard Business Review.
Reading relaxes you, according to studies at the University of Sussex and Yale University. "There are studies that show reading decreases stress, even just five minutes of reading," Coleman said.
The link between lifelong learning and cognitive improvements are shaky and inconclusive. "But staying intellectually engaged (whether it's doing Sudoku, puzzles or learning new skills) keeps your cognitive levels high," Coleman said.
Stevenson says the leaders he counsels tell him reading makes them more positive and open-minded.
Lifelong Learning Feeds Curiosity
Whether you enroll in classes at the local community college or online, be sure to reach out to fellow learners. The more you engage others in your learning process, the more you grow.
"You can learn something from everyone you interact with in your life," Coleman said. "If you're observant enough and ask questions, you can learn from just about anyone around you."
"Book groups are a great way to do that," Coleman said. He and his wife occasionally host dinner and discussion nights about articles they've read, he adds.
"We achieve greater fulfillment by constantly improving ourselves," Coleman said.