Job Spotlight: Skilled Trades Jobs Explained

There’s been a lot of talk in the last few years about the importance of skilled trades in the economy. Most notably, the conversation reinforces the benefits of learning a skilled trade to younger people as they think about the work they want to do after school. But what exactly is a skilled trade? Why is this category receiving such focused attention and what options do trades offer for your future?

At the most basic level, a skilled trade is any job that requires a specialized skill, usually obtained through a technical school, college, or on-the-job training through an apprenticeship or internship. Typically, skilled trades don’t require a four-year degree, but some may require a specific certification or license earned through a school or state/provincial agency in the U.S. and Canada.

Knowing which jobs fall into this category will help you better understand the type of work you should pursue and what it will take to land the job you want. To learn more about skilled trade jobs, check out this video.

Express hires for a variety of skilled trade jobs, including:

CNC Machinist



Registered Nurse

HVAC Technician


Industrial Machine Builder

Forklift Driver

One common thread for skilled trades is the ability for employees to work outside the traditional business structure. After a few years of working, learning the trade, and gaining experience and connections in the industry, nothing stops a plumber, welder, or any skilled trades professional from working independently or starting their own business.

So, if setting your schedule or the prospect of starting something on your own gets you motivated and ready for the challenges ahead, a skilled trade may just be the right path for you.

If you need help finding a skilled trades position, we can help.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

If you have any questions about jobs in your area or your job search in general, contact your local Express office, download the ExpressJobs app from your mobile store, or fill out our online contact form.


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