March is National Women’s History Month. On March 3rd, Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling had a post on our social media post about the first woman Master Plumber in the country in the 1950s, Lillian Ann Baumbach.
This post got us thinking about how great the trades are as a career, especially for women. We’ve listed some amazing reasons to consider a career in the trades.
- There’s a huge demand for tradespeople right now. That’s right. If you’re looking for a new career, whether because you feel unsatisfied in your current job or you became unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this could be a great move.
- A great yearly salary. If you pursue a career in the trades, and if you’re pretty successful at it, you can potentially make a great living for yourself and your family. It also depends on where you live and the market in your area, but you can make at least $55k annually as a plumber. That’s above the national poverty line!
- Education is offered everywhere. Going back to school can be great, and luckily, there are plenty of trades schools around the country. Some companies (like Albuquerque Plumbing) offer apprenticeships for anyone who wants to get hands-on experience and education for working in the trade.
- The trades are evolving with technology. As technology evolves, so must the trades. Air conditioners are changing and evolving and other items for the comfort of a home or business. Not only that, but there’s also the technology that goes behind running a business, such as the scheduling programs for appointments, accounting programs, and even the phones and iPads/tablets used on jobs.
Even More Reasons To Enter The Trades
- There’s room for people with all sorts of skillsets. Even if a person starts in a different career or educational background, that doesn’t eliminate them from the possibility of working in the trades. For example, we have an HVAC technician going to nursing school but went into the trades instead. We have another HVAC technician who was working in retail and then decided to go to school for plumbing and HVAC. I went to school for Journalism, worked in the legal field, and now I happily work in the trades in the marketing department. The key is finding a company that will help utilize your skills in the success of your career and the company.
- There are lots of opportunities for advancement. Absolutely true! Many plumbers and technicians start out as apprentices who then become Master Plumbers or even own their own company. It takes hard work and determination to accomplish your goals.
- Some trades are recession and pandemic proof. Especially plumbing, HVAC, and electrical. Again, this is because every home and business needs plumbing, HVAC, and electrical. These kinds of companies, including ours, were considered essential during the pandemic and were able to stay open.
This is a great field to get into for one enormous reason – job security. There will always be a need for plumbers, electricians, and HVAC technicians. Every home and business needs running water, clear drains, lights, heating, and cooling.
There’s no better time than today to see if the trades are a great career field for you! The team with Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling encourages anyone to come into the office to ask questions about the trade or about our Apprenticeship Program. We love meeting new team members, and we’re excited to welcome you to our company and the trade!