In contrast with the previous job categories, which typically require at least a bachelor’s degree, here are great job opportunities where a certificate, an associate’s degree, or some other postsecondary degree frequently provide ample training. There are some 13 million skilled trades jobs in the US. They have grown by one million new jobs (8%) since 2012. The most eye-catching are electricians (13% growth, 77,000 new jobs), plumbers (16% growth, 64,000 new jobs), and HVAC technicians (15% growth, 43,000 new jobs).
An important note about the skilled trades: Employers do not tend to publish as many postings online. As a result, we don’t see the same posting intensity that we do for the other jobs on our list.
Are you in the market for a new job in 2017? Look no further! Whether you enjoy managing operations in fast-paced business environments, creating software products and services, nurturing people back to health, selling products, or building and fixing things—there are of great opportunities for all types, and plenty of problems for you to solve.