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Do you have a child in elementary, middle or high school? Skilled to Build has resources for parents and children to familiarize themselves with the opportunities in residential construction. Whether your child is in high school or learning to read, it's never too early to start thinking about their future.


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Skilled Trades Myths

There are many misconceptions about the trades that discourage young people from looking into these fields. Read below to learn about some of the common myths that keep people from looking into these high-wage, fulfilling careers.

Myth #1 Trades jobs don't pay well

In reality, many skilled trade jobs such as electricians, plumbers, and welders can earn a comfortable living wage, especially when they have years of experience. Click to compare salaries.



Myth #4 Trades jobs are not safe

Residential construction requires strict adherence to safety standards and regulations to minimize the risk of injury or accidents. With the right training, equipment, and precautions, these jobs can be safe and injury-free.


Myth #2 The trades are a back-up plan

This stigma prevents students from considering the trades and jumping right into college where they accumulate debt.  The idea that those who work with their hands aren’t also working with their brains is simply not true. Trades careers demand math, strategy and mechanical skills.


Myth #5 The trades are non-essential

It is clear that skilled laborers are essential for a functioning economy and community. Tradesmen in the residential construction industry provide some of the most important services that make our everyday lives easier.


Myth #3 The trades are only for men

While men do outnumber women when it comes to the trades, there is nothing that says women can’t excel in these careers. There are even special groups for women working in residential construction. So if you are a woman looking to start a career in the trades, go for it!


Myth #6 You can't advance in the trades

There are plenty of opportunities to progress and earn raises in the trades. You can start as an apprentice or journeyman and work your way up, earning higher pay as you go. You can also continue mastering your craft by earning certifications.