America's Youth Reconsiders Skilled Trades

Despite the nation's current weak job market, the demand for workers qualified to perform many skilled labor jobs continues to grow, leading to forecasts of severe shortages in some fields as more and more baby boomers retire.

A recent poll of 40,000 employers worldwide by Manpower Inc. showed that employers in the U.S. and 13 other countries named skilled trades as the No. 1 occupation in the "difficulty of filling jobs due to the lack of talent."