Question of the Day: What percent of high school students are interested in careers in the skilled trades (e.g., construction, plumbing)?

Apr 25, 2018
Question of the Day, Career

Answer: 20%


  • Have you ever considered taking a CTE (career and technical education) or occupational education class? Why or why not? 
  • Demand for skilled trade jobs current 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 in their business. 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?"

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Behind the numbers (from NPR):

"...there will be 68 percent more job openings in infrastructure-related fields in the next five years than there are people training to fill them...In all, some 30 million jobs in the United States that pay an average of $55,000 per year don't require bachelor's degrees, according to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce...People with career and technical educations are also more likely to be employed than their counterparts with academic credentials, the U.S. Department of Education reports, and significantly more likely to be working in their fields of study."


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Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.