Starting a new career is an exciting time, but it can also be full of uncertainty. The skilled trades are a rewarding, fulfilling career, but many young people entering the trades didn’t grow up with family members in the industry. It’s not surprising that they may not know what to expect.
If you’re considering a career in the skilled trades, whether as a Philadelphia plumber, HVAC technician or another trade, we can assure you that these are rewarding, respectable, well-paid jobs with plenty of security. Here are some things you can expect when you start down this path.
Expect to Learn A lot
While you can start earning money faster — and with a lot less debt — than you will with a four-year college degree, that doesn’t mean you’re not learning. A career in the skilled trades requires expert-level know-how, and that means time learning on the job and in the classroom. In fact, Giannone has the highest percentage of HVAC service technicians in their department that bring home over $100,000 per year over any other company in the area.
We recommend finishing high school or getting a GED before setting your sights on a skilled trades career. Trade school is a good next stop, where you can earn a certificate for your chosen trade. There are also on-the-job learning opportunities, and many trades require apprenticeships. But the learning doesn’t stop there. You’ve got to take continuing education courses to maintain your license and to stay on top of the current advancements in your industry.
Expect to Earn Good Money
Those on-the-job learning and apprenticeship opportunities we mentioned? They’re not unpaid internships. You’ll earn good money while learning the trade and working towards your license. And as you progress in skills and certifications, your pay will only increase. You’ll be able to support your family well and with a lot less debt than you would have accumulated with a four-year degree.
Expect to Work Hard
Skilled trades careers aren’t desk jobs. You can expect to be on your feet and on the go most of the time. But even though it’s hard work, it’s also fulfilling work. You go home having achieved something real each day. You’re solving homeowners’ problems and saving the day for people in your neighborhood. That’s something to look forward to.
At Joseph Giannone Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re always on the lookout for hard workers willing to learn. If you would like to explore our available careers, just call (215) 375-7134, or fill out our online application today.