Dirty Jobs/Open Jobs: One Third in Trades Retiring

dirty jobsThe dirty job is one with openings. So, listen up about these well-paying, secure positions in the skilled trades, ranging from utility linesperson to plumber.

About a third of those in dirty jobs are older than 50, says Mike Rowe host of 'Dirty Jobs,' on Discovery. Because the work is hard and the tradespeople in those dirty jobs have made their money, they are retiring. Rowe provides website mikeroweworks.com, for those of you who want to start exploring this option.

Sometimes complete on-the-job training is available. That is just the situation in the utility industry, which is eager to develop a new generation of skilled workers as the current generation over 50 retires. So, before you invest in formal training, check what your local utility might be providing as recruitment incentives.

Other paths to prepare for a dirty job include trade schools. They vary in quality as well as in track record for placing their graduates. Therefore, aggressively investigate the reputations of each through talking with tradespeople in those fields as well as local business watchdog groups. Search the Web for both negative and positive coverage about specific trade schools. Other types of training are available through apprenticeships, internships, community college courses, and online certificate programs.

The dirty job is losing its stigma. Rowe helped with that. Also, those white collar jobs -- which Generation Y went to college to fill -- are fewer in number, mostly because of technology and outsourcing.

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