Plan your career – We live in a world where going to college is expected of everyone, however the value of a college education after considering costs is a real concern. The cost of a year in college ranges from $25,890 at an in-state public college, to $41,950 at a public out-of-state college, to $52,500 at a private college
These numbers and the loan costs they lead to fail to recognize that only 40% of students complete their undergraduate degrees in 4 years. Four years of lost income, student debt that follows each student for decades to come, and a less than 50-50 chance of success. All this for an uncertain employment future in many academic areas
If you’re facing the prospect of expensive college and an uncertain future, consider the alternative – a career in the construction trades. Piping trades craftspersons work on a variety of projects such as industrial plants, manufacturing facilities, hospitals, schools, and commercial buildings, just to name a few. If you enjoy working outside, like to work on challenging mechanical systems and equipment, and want a lifelong career- consider these job options
You can enter the workforce with a specific set of skills employers need at a time when both the short term and long term prospects are strong. Employment of construction occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations, a gain of about 704,000 new jobs. The median annual wage for all construction was $46,010 in May 2018, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $38,640. In fact, average pay in construction is about 10 percent higher than the private sector average
One program of interest in the field is the Southern California Plumbing and Piping Industry Apprenticeship program which offers training, employment, and great benefits to workers on projects in Southern California to people considering the field of piping from irrigation/landscape management, welding, plumbing and sprinkler fitting. This program, and many like it, offer a secure path to a financially sound and rewarding career.