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Blue Collar Jobs Can Provide a Comfortable Living

If you think a temporary or temp-to-perm job can’t lead to better things, think again!

If you think all blue collar jobs are low-income jobs, think again. There is a lot of money to be made in skilled trades and other blue collar professions. We need our blue collar workers to keep things running smoothly, and it’s only fair that they be compensated well in return. So, if you had your heart set on an executive position in a big office, you might want to reconsider. Here are a few examples to set the record straight.

  • Electricians can expect to earn roughly $52,910 annually. That averages out to $25.44 per hour. Not too shabby! Electricians generally go to a vocational school after they finish high school, and then undergo an apprenticeship. Working with electricity can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, so being properly trained is important.
  • Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters can also expect a decent wage, averaging $51,830 per year, or $24.92 an hour. It can be dirty work, dealing with toilets, clogged drains, and septic systems, so it’s not for everybody. Those who can handle it make a good living.
  • Brickmasons and blockmasons pull in about $50,760 per year, or $24.40 per hour. That’s a good salary for laborious work. They work with a variety of materials (like concrete, cinderblocks, brick, and tile) to build and maintain walls, buildings, fireplaces, and industrial furnaces. This work generally requires a high school diploma and an apprenticeship with a union or trade association.

These are just a few blue collar jobs that can earn you some serious money. If you’re interested in learning about more professions you can check out this slideshow from Forbes or this article on Salary.com. Ultimately, what you want to remember is that college isn’t for everyone. Not every degree is going to pan out to a successful career. Blue collar jobs are stable, high-demand positions that can provide you with a good living and fruitful career.

If you are interested in these careers, or have experience and are looking for a job, call KB Staffing to help you find the right position. We have plenty of full time temp jobs and temp-to-hire jobs to keep the Polk County workforce employed. Stop by our office or visit us online to get started today.