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Alternative Jobs in the Skilled Trades

Posted by: Gavin Au-Yeung Date: February 18, 2020 Category: Blog

There are more than 300 designated trades in Canada. This means there are many jobs, and alternative jobs, available for individuals interested in the skilled trades. There are four categories among the skilled trades: construction, transportation, manufacturing, and service. In today’s blog post, we will explore some alternative jobs within these four categories.

Alternative Jobs in Construction:

Construction-related skilled trades often require the use of hands or heavy equipment. Working in the construction sector may include trades such as Electricians, Plumbers, Roofers, or Powerline Technicians. Construction-based skilled trades are always in demand, and should be a strong sector for years to come. Here are some examples of alternative jobs in the construction sector.

Home Inspectors examine all parts of a home to ensure that it is up to safety standards. Both the physical structure and internal systems will be examined during a Home Inspector’s examination. Home Inspectors provide important information for their clients, generally prospective home buyers, before they make a big purchase. You may need to get licensed before working as a Home Inspector; this depends on your location.

Renewable Energy Specialists help equip the world so that our energy needs are met in the future. These specialists stay ahead of current trends and work to incorporate renewable forms of energy such as solar, wind, and waste. Having a Bachelor’s Degree and working experience is helpful for this job.

A Construction Crew Foreman is a tasked with organizing the overall construction of a particular project. They are responsible for providing proper documentation so that the project can continue smoothly. The Foreman is generally a Construction Worker with many years of experience.

Alternative Jobs in Transportation:

Transportation-related skilled trades are found wherever vehicles are required. Because of this, these skilled trades are very important for society to run smoothly. Working in this sector may include trades such as Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Transport Mechanics, or Heavy Equipment Operators. Here are some examples of alternative jobs in the transportation sector.

Vehicle Operators provide the public with an important service. Whether operating a bus, train, or streetcar, they are responsible for getting people to the places they need to go. Vehicle Operators should enjoy working in the public and providing great service. On-the-job training is provided for new operators.

Truck Drivers are responsible for transporting and delivering material goods over land. They may be required to drive large vehicles for extended periods of time over long distances. They often drive between distribution centers, manufacturing plants, and retail centers. Truck Drivers are required to have a license to drive large vehicles.

Professional Couriers delivery documents and small packages using a variety of transportation methods. You may see Professional Couriers using anything from bicycles to delivery vans. To succeed as a Professional Courier, you would need strong communication skills and a great sense of direction.

Alternative Jobs in Manufacturing:

Manufacturing-related skilled trades include Industrial Mechanics, Rig Technicians, and Welders. While the manufacturing sector has seen a slight decline in recent history, the sector is still very much in demand. Here are some examples of alternative jobs in the manufacturing sector.

Production Managers are in charge of the daily operations at manufacturing plants. They must perform the required tasks so that the plant operates smoothly and that the production is on schedule. This may include hiring workers and fixing issues as they arise.

Welders use specialized equipment to cut and join metal pieces. Welders must be able to read blueprints and instructions carefully. Prospective Welders will also be trained in how to operate the appropriate equipment.

Assemblers are the people who put together and assemble finished products. They may generally work from manufacturing plants while using their hands or other tools to complete their work. Many Assemblers will receive training from their employers.

Alternative Jobs in Service:

Service-related skilled trades are important so that we can enjoy our lives. Examples of service skilled jobs may include Bakers, Cooks, Hairstylists, Arborists, or Horticulturalist. Alternative jobs in the service sector includes:

Flight Attendants ensure the comfort and safety of airline passengers and crew during flights. Prospective Flight Attendants will receive on-the-job training by the airline company which hired them. Working as a Flight Attendant is a great career if you enjoying travelling.

Retail Sales Supervisors co-ordinate the activities for an entire team of workers with different roles; this may include Cashiers, Sales Clerks, and other positions which make the retail store operate efficiently. As a result, the Retail Sales Supervisors must understand how these different roles work together.

Customer and Information Service Representatives aid clients who have questions about an establishment’s goods or services. Service Representatives are highly familiar with the establishment’s policies and services. They may be working from a variety of places such as retail stores, call centers, or other locations in both private and public sectors

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Read about our previous blog on alternative jobs in healthcare

Come back to the Career Loans blog next week as we explore more alternative jobs.

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