Feb 14, 2024

Question of the Day: What percent of high school students are interested in pursuing a career in a trade?

It is important for our students to know all of their options after high school graduation. How many students are interested in getting to work in the trades?

Answer: 47%



  • Have you ever considered taking a CTE (career and technical education) or occupational education class? Why or why not? 
  • Demand for skilled trade jobs currently exceeds the supply of workers to fill them. Why do you think that is the case? 
  • You are hired by a local company that needs more electricians. They want to recruit students from your high school and want you to answer this question: "What do you think it will take to make these skilled trade jobs more attractive for high school students?" What would you say?


Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.


Behind the numbers (Fast Company):

  • Gen Z has a high opinion of skilled trade: 73% of the young adult survey respondents said they respect skilled trade as a career, putting it second only to medicine (77%).
  • They’re exploring it for themselves: 47% were interested in pursuing a career in a trade. And more than 80% said there are benefits to a skilled trade over a desk job, with the top benefits being a more flexible schedule, a faster educational path to working, a less expensive education and less debt, and the ability to be your own boss. Another 74% said they believe skilled trade jobs won’t be replaced by AI.



Looking for more career-related resources from NGPF? Look no further


NGPF's Alternatives to 4-Year Colleges unit is great for students considering a career in the trades.

About the Author

Ryan Wood

Ryan grew up with and maintains a love for learning. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in Business Administration and worked in sports marketing for a number of years. After living in Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and Minnesota, the call of education eventually brought Ryan back to his home state of Wisconsin where he was a Business and Marketing teacher for three years. In his free time he likes to spend time with his wife and daughter, play basketball, read, and go fishing. Now with NGPF, Ryan is excited to help teachers lead the most important course their students will ever take.

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