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Boilermaker

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Be outdoors
• Solve problems
• Work under pressure
• Work with math and details
• Use technology

…then you may just have a future as a Boilermaker.

Check out this adventurous career where you can work with fire and use a variety of tools. Boilermakers’ job duties are versatile and require knowledge from other crafts. They work in a variety of areas, from power generation and paper mills to refineries. They make and install boilers and other large containers. Tasks include reading blueprints, welding or bolting pieces together and installing valves and supports. Boilermakers also perform routine maintenance.

Salary range: $44k to $70k to $88k
Education: High school education, apprenticeship programs, colleges, and technical schools

Cabinetry Specialist

If you like to…

• Be creative and solve problems
• Be precise and like the details
• Do research
• Work under pressure
• Be physically active

…then you may just have a future as a Cabinetry Specialist.

Cabinetry Specialists are experts in woodworking and must pay major attention to the details. They listen to the needs of their clients and then create custom cabinets that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Salary range: $25k to $50k to $125k
Education: High school or GED

Electrician

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Do research
• Be creative and solve problems
• Be indoors and outdoors
• Find trends and patterns
• Perform under pressure
• Use technology

…then you may just have a future as an Electrician.

Electricians interpret calculations, perform inspections and maintain electrical equipment, and understand electrical schematics. Electricians install and maintain all of the electrical and power systems for our homes, businesses and factories. In large factories they may repair motors, transformers, generators, and electronic controllers on machine tools and industrial robots, as well as advise management as to whether the continued operation of certain equipment could be hazardous.

Salary range: $30k to $80k to $115k
Education: High school or GED; Associate’s degree or apprenticeship programs

Fireplace Specialist

If you like to…

• Work as a team
• Perform physical activity
• Work outside
• Learn technical data
• Solve problems

…then you may just have a future as a Fireplace Specialist.

Fireplaces are one of the unique products that turns a house into a home. Fireplace Specialists blend the homeowner’s vision with the best fireplace for their particular application. Customer service skills and product knowledge are important, as are having an understanding of construction and remodeling practices.

Salary range: $50k to $64k to $93k
Education: High school or GED

Flooring Installer

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be precise and like the details
• Be creative
• Be around people
• Solve problems

…then you may just have a future as a Flooring Installer.

Flooring Installers clean and prepare areas, ensuring the space is safe. They then remove previous flooring, and/or install new flooring. Flooring Installers typically need to be strong with good stamina.

Salary range: $25k to $50k to $125k
Education: High school or GED

Glazier

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be creative
• Work with people
• Use math
• Work indoors and outdoors

…then you may just have a future as a Glazier.

Glaziers are true artisans who work with glass as their mediums. They select, cut, install, replace and remove residential, commercial and artistic glass. Glaziers use a variety of tools including glazing
knives, saws, drills, grinders, putty and glazing compounds. They must work as a team when guiding and installing glass for large buildings.

Salary range: $28k to $40k to $76k
Education: High school education, apprenticeship programs, colleges, and technical schools

Heating and Cooling (HVAC) Technician

If you like to…

• Be around people
• Do research
• Be outdoors
• Troubleshoot and solve problems
• Work under pressure

…then you may just have a future as a Heating and Cooling Technician.

Heating and Cooling Technicians travel to job sites where the heating and cooling systems need to be installed or repaired. They are always piecing things together as they install, maintain and repair heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. They must understand how the systems work in order to troubleshoot any issues, and be able to install the equipment properly for efficient operation. Can’t decide between a career in mechanical systems or electronics? HVAC covers it all!

Salary range: $30k to $75k to $100k
Education: High school or GED and apprenticeship, technical school

Instrumentation Technician

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Be indoors and outdoors
• Solve problems
• Work under pressure
• Work with numbers
• Use technology

…then you may just have a future as an Instrumentation Technician.

Instrument Fitters and Technicians perform key installation and maintenance functions across several industries and are trained in piping, tubing, fasteners, and metallurgy. Instrumentation Technicians and Fitters have to be familiar with electrical systems, craft-specific drawings, and must be experts in the hand and power tools specific to their trade.

Salary range: $28k to $42k to $85k
Education: Apprenticeship programs, colleges, and technical schools

Insulation Contractor

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Do research
• Solve problems

…then you may just have a future as an Insulation Contractor.

In the residential industry, Insulation Contractors make sure your house is warm during the winter and cool during the summer by installing insulation between walls in order to help save energy. In the commercial and industrial industries, they install insulation systems on piping, plumbing, HVAC systems, equipment and other processing systems in new construction, retrofit and maintenance projects.

Salary range: $27k to $42k to $72k
Education: High school or GED and apprenticeship programs

Interior Carpenter

If you like to…

• Be around people
• Do research
• Be creative
• Solve problems

…then you may just have a future as an Interior Carpenter.

Interior Carpenters follow the blueprints in order to measure, cut, and construct fixtures like windows and door frames. Interior Carpenters are responsible for working directly with Builders & Designers to develop the overall “look & feel” of a home.

Salary range: $25k to $50k to $125k
Education: High school or GED

Interior Designer

If you like to…

• Be around people
• Do research
• Persuade others
• Be creative
• Solve problems
• Perform under pressure

…then you may just have a future as an Interior Designer.

Interior Designers consult with their clients in order to understand what their needs and style preferences are. They then sketch or generate a design digitally to show their clients. Once the design and budget are approved, designers shop and execute their plan.

Salary range: $30k to $66k to $80k
Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Landscape Architect

If you like to…

• Be around people
• Do research
• Persuade others
• Be creative
• Be outdoors
• Solve problems
• Perform under pressure

…then you may just have a future as a Landscape Architect.

Landscape Architects are the designers of the outdoors. They plan and design outdoor spaces given their clients’ needs and budgets. Landscape Architects consult with their clients, engineers, and architects in order to understand the project.

Salary range: $26k to $64k to $70k
Education: Bachelor’s degree

Landscape Contractor

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Persuade others
• Be creative
• Be outdoors
• Solve problems
• Perform under pressure

…then you may just have a future as a Landscape Contractor.

Landscape Contractors oversee the execution of the Landscape Architect. They do the heavy lifting or manage a team that does the physical labor in the outdoor space.

Salary range: $26k to $42k to $80k
Education: High school or GED

Paint Contractor

If you like to…

• Be creative and solve problems
• Be precise and like the details
• Do research
• Work under pressure
• Be physically active

…then you may just have a future as a Paint Contractor.

Paint Contractors prepare and paint both the interior and exteriors of houses. It’s a physical job that requires a lot of climbing on ladders, bending, kneeling, and reaching. Paint Contractors are responsible for every inch of the home and is indispensable to a project.

Salary range: $20k to $55k to $60k
Education: High school or GED

Pipefitter

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Be indoors and outdoors
• Solve problems
• Work under pressure
• Use math and technology

…then you may just have a future as a Pipefitter.

Pipefitters plan and install detailed pipe systems for commercial and industrial projects. These pipes may carry water, chemicals, or gases to the crucial building systems. Pipefitters use many tools to cut and bend pipes to exact specifications.

Salary range: $32k to $58k to $88k
Education: High school education, apprenticeship programs, colleges, and technical schools

Plumber

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Be outdoors
• Solve problems
• Work with numbers
• Perform under pressure

…then you may just have a future as a Plumber.

Plumbers install all of the necessary pipes, fittings, clamps, and more to make sure everything flows smoothly and is up to code. Plumbers also install piping systems that distribute water and remove waste from buildings, and connect heating and cooling systems. They have to be knowledgeable in water distribution, reading blueprints, local ordinances and regulations, mathematics, mechanical drawing, physics, welding and soldering.

Salary range: $30k to $75k to $100k
Education: High school or GED and professional license

Sprinkler Fitter

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Solve problems
• Use math and technology

…then you may just have a future as a Sprinkler Fitter.

Sprinkler Fitters design, install, and test automatic fire protection sprinkler systems and components such as sprinklers, piping and valves. They have to know all of the local and national sprinkler codes and make sure that everything meets those requirements.

Salary range: $27k to $54k to $88k
Education: High school or GED, apprenticeship programs, colleges, and technical schools