Skilled & Technical Services: The major industrial areas of trade and technical are construction, manufacturing, transportation, communication, personal services, and protective services. People who work in trade and technical fields are found everywhere. They are the contractors who build your new home and the factory workers who assemble your stereo. They are the pilots who fly you to your vacation destination and the news anchors who bring you the news. They are the police officers who keep you safe and the auto technicians who use the latest technology to figure out why your car isn't working. For example, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the automotive industry is rapidly growing and "the work of automotive service technicians and mechanics has evolved from simply mechanical to high technology." New cars today have more computers onboard than the first spacecraft and as a result today's technicians are "diagnostic, high-tech problem solvers." According to the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, technicians are in demand all across the nation and can earn $60,000 or more per year. Careers in trade and technical include, but are not limited to:

  • Construction Trades: Carpenter, Cabinetmaker, Building Inspector
  • Mechanics and Repairs: Electrician, Auto Collision Repair, Automotive Service Technician
  • Precision Production Trades: Architect, Drafter, Machine Tool Operator
  • Transportation and Material Moving: Air Traffic Controller, Commercial Pilot, Heavy Duty Diesel Operator, Industrial Truck & Tractor Operator
  • Communications: TV Broadcasting
  • Protective Services: Firefighter, Law Enforcement
  • Personal Services: Cosmetologist, Travel Agent
  • Visual Arts: Commercial Photographer, Commercial Artist, Graphics Designer
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