Can Career Colleges Save America From a Skills Shortage?

A 2013 Forbes article warns American tradesmen are disappearing and job openings aren’t being filled. It’s argued that an emphasis on competitive student applications for 4-year colleges neglects the importance of trades. Mike Rowe, host of TV Series Dirty Jobs warns the skills gap is real and widening. For every one tradesman that enters the field three others leave or retire. The consequences are already being realized. The American Society of Civil Engineers evaluated the state of America’s infrastructure and concluded the assessment with a D+ grade. Though the shortage of skilled tradesmen poses both a threat to the U.S. it is also a huge opportunity in the labor market that needs to be prioritized.

Tradesmen can enjoy clear and stable career paths while working with their hands to help build and rebuild America. They have challenging careers and can often out-earn those who possess a Bachelor’s Degree. For instance, heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers — often called HVAC technicians, earn entry-level wages of over $42,000! Projected pay increases of up to 40% in the next 10 years and an abundance of job openings is nothing short of good bait.

If advancement opportunities are important to you, job vacancies critical and making a higher than average American salary attractive then becoming an HVAC technician might be your path. At the Lamson Institute in beautiful San Antonio, Texas students get the hands-on practical training they need to launch a lucrative career in a stable field. Students learn to install, service and repair heating, cooling and refrigeration systems and are equipped to get their Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Section 608 certification. No more idle hands hampering your potential earnings, call Lamson today. Improve your quality of life with job security, benefits and a comfortable income for the ones you love.