At any point in time, there are as many as three million unfilled trade jobs in the U.S., with more than 500,000 in manufacturing alone. When jobs are at a premium, why is this the case? 

These jobs are meant for skilled workers, and many job seekers don’t have the proper training to do the job.

There are a handful of careers that really are projected to see unparalleled growth in the years ahead. The interesting thing about these jobs? Most of them are in technical trades and skilled positions that require training at a school like the Center for Employment Training (CET), not in four-year universities or unskilled trades. 

Here’s what you need to know about national job growth in technical trades in the coming years.

Careers and Trades That Are Projected to See Impressive Job Growth

Which trades are expected to see a great deal of growth in the coming years? Here’s a list of careers that are projected to grow in major ways between 2018 and 2028 and their expected growth percentage:

  • Personal care aids, 36.4 percent 
  • Home health aids, 36.6 percent
  • Medical assistants, 22.6 percent
  • Medical secretaries, 16 percent
  • Computer user support specialists, 10.6 percent
  • Construction laborers, 10.5 percent
  • Electricians, 10.4 percent
  • Carpenters, 8 percent

Additionally, truck drivers are anticipated to be in high demand in the coming years.

The good news? You can train to work in all these fields (and more!) and get the skills you need for a successful career at the Center for Employment Training.

Filling the Gaps Left By Retiring Baby-Boom-Aged Skilled Workers

One of the main reasons that skilled workers who are trained in technical trades will be in such demand in the coming years is thanks in part to the retirement of Baby Boomers. Thirty-one million Baby Boomers are expected to retire between the beginning of 2019 and the end of 2020, and this means that their old jobs will be available for those just entering the job market.

As Boomers retire, there will be employment holes to fill. Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the technical trades that will be looking to hire new tradespeople as their older workers begin to retire as well as how many people may be retiring:

  • Electricians, 524,680 job positions
  • Welding, soldering and brazing workers, 403,100 job positions
  • Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters, 392,460 job positions
  • Machinists, 391,190 job positions
  • Industry machinery mechanics, 306,860 job positions
  • Heating and cooling technicians, 251,700 job positions

So what happens if these positions aren’t filled? If these 31 million retiring Baby Boomers aren’t replaced with newer workers? 

The results are shocking. Thirty-two percent of billion-dollar manufacturers estimate that as Baby Boomers retire, they will lose $100 million, and 74 percent of firms are expecting a shortfall in the number of qualified, skilled trade workers.

What This Means for Students Considering a Technical Trade

What does this mean for students who are enrolling in technical programs at career schools across the country?

There’s never been a better time for students to train for technical careers.

As these Boomers leave the workforce, the number of jobs available for highly skilled technicians and tradespeople is about to take off.

Whether it’s in the healthcare industry or on the manufacturing floor, now is the ideal time to get the training you need to start a technical career, and the Center for Employment Training can help you get there.

CET offers affordable tuition rates across a variety of programs and industries to meet the evolving job market and prepare our students for meaningful employment in career fields that anticipate the most growth. Our programs typically take between six and nine months to complete, which means you’ll be working in the real world in less than a year.

It’s time to start on the path to employment in a skilled or technical trade with exceptional job security. Ready to dive in? You can begin classes as soon as you enroll. Contact us today!