What Are Trade Careers?

Trade careers, sometimes referred to as vocational careers, refer to careers whose paths to entry require career or technical education rather than a two or four-year degree. Most trade careers are related to a specific skillset or field. They are typically non-academic and include hands-on activities. They may require on-the-job training or apprenticeships and often require a credential, certificate, or diploma. This criteria encompasses a huge amount of careers. Our trade careers section focuses specifically on building trades, mechanical trades, and industrial trades. These sectors include some of the fastest and most affordable paths to careers with great outlooks and strong salaries as well as some of the fastest growing occupations in the U.S.

Featured Trade Careers

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Trade Career Statistics



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The time in which you can complete a production welder program


U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics projected job growth for wind turbine service technicians from 2019-2029


2019 median salary for elevator technicians according to BLS