Growing up, we’re often asked what we want to do when we get older. Common answers involve doctors, lawyers, and even CEO’s. Rarely are we led to pursue jobs such as becoming a tradesperson—that is, an individual who works in HVAC, plumbing, or electrical service. You may be surprised to find, however, that these are all very rewarding career paths, both in terms of finances and the feeling of a job well done.
A few years back, Mike Rowe—creator of Dirty Jobs and Somebody’s Gotta Do It—was interviewed in the HVACRBusiness magazine to discuss the labor shortage and lack of focus on the trades, which has improved but is still a struggle today. But it’s not for lack of opportunity. As Rowe discusses, there is a lot of focus put on a formal education, and therefore many individuals coming out of high school assume that’s the direction they need to go, and may not ever even consider trade school, and pursuing a career as a service technician, as an option.