PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- While much of the country continues to witness an immense labor shortage, it's hitting industries that use skilled trades especially hard. Careers like mechanical engineers, welders, plumbers, and electricians can still provide life-long fulfillment.
A 2021 report from Angi, a company that provides professional services, shows that 77% of tradespeople think the labor shortage is worsening. Yet, trade careers show "remarkably" high job satisfaction, with 83% either "somewhat" or "extremely" satisfied with their work. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the skilled trade industry is projected to grow about 10 percent from 2018 to 2028. That's about 704,000 new jobs.
As skilled trade professionals are near retirement, the next generation is not interested in taking their places.
The hot labor market is causing many to change their career too. According to The Refrigeration School (RSI), over 50% of those enrolled or considering enrolling say the COVID-19 pandemic motivated them to do so. Of those who said the pandemic motivated them to make a career move, over half say it's because they wanted a more secure and stable source of income.
An open house was held Saturday morning at RSI in Phoenix to showcase hands-on training demos, give information on several career opportunities, and meet-and-greet tour with employers. The school says they have an 88% employment rate for graduates. Most starting salaries average around $33,000 to $40,000, not including overtime pay. For more information on RSI, click here.