High paying, in demand skilled trades fit for a COVID career change

high paying in demand skilled trades

If you’re making a career switch during these tough times, here are some high paying, in demand skilled trades to consider.

If you’ve lost your job because of COVID, you might be worried about whether it’s ever coming back, particularly in certain sectors. They say we’re close to a getting a vaccine, but the future is still uncertain and what will happen to the economy is up in the air.

Some industries may take longer than others to rebound, even after a vaccine is released, and some may take several years. Tourism and hospitality, for example, have a long road ahead of them. Theatre and the arts, events, and anything that draws a crowd may also take years. Those who have lost jobs in these sectors and others may have to change paths in order to keep food on the table.

High paying, in demand skilled trades

The trades are a good bet when it comes to career changes and there are many high paying, in demand, skilled trades. A friend of mine who was working full-time in a gym and part time at a restaurant recently got certified as a forklift driver. He now works full time in a warehouse and receives a steady paycheque and benefits for doing a job that he will probably be able to do for quite some time.

Skilled trade jobs have good earning potential, are in high demand, and you can get into many of them with only two to four years of post-secondary schooling, or even less, according to trade-schools.net. You may also be able to earn while you learn, depending on the job.

Ontario government connecting workers to skilled trades careers

And there is help available. For example, the Ontario government is providing $180.5 million to connect workers in the tourism and hospitality sector and others most affected by the pandemic to training and jobs in the trades.

10 highest paid skilled trades jobs in Canada

Here is a list of the 10 highest paid skilled trades jobs in Canada as listed by trade-schools.net

Salary and outlook information is current as of February 18, 2020 and is based on data from the Government of Canada’s Job Bank. Projected job openings are for the period from 2017 to 2026. Note that we have another list on CareerBeacon with different salaries, to add to your research.

Some data may have changed recently. For reference, below that list we’ve included a list of jobs that have been trending during the pandemic, trades and others, according to Randstad.

1. Construction Manager

Usually requires a combination of post-secondary education, usually a bachelor’s degree, and relevant work experience.

Median hourly wage: $40
Top-end hourly pay: $61.54 and higher
Projected job openings: 28,100

Construction manager jobs on CareerBeacon

2. Power Line Technician

Usually requires high school and a four-year apprenticeship program.

Median hourly wage: $38.46
Top-end hourly pay: $49 and higher
Projected job openings: 6,600 (includes telecommunications line workers)

Power line technician jobs on CareerBeacon

3. Oil and Gas Driller

Usually requires high school and may require training of up to three months with an experienced operator and other industry approved training courses, plus work-related experience.

Median hourly wage: $38
Top-end hourly pay: $60 and higher
Projected job openings: 7,400

Oil and gas driller jobs on CareerBeacon

4. Pipefitter

Usually requires a four- to five-year apprenticeship program or combination of work experience and related education.

Median hourly wage: $36
Top-end hourly pay: $47 and higher
Projected job openings: 7,100

Pipefitter jobs on CareerBeacon

5. Industrial Electrician

Usually requires a four- or five-year industrial electrician apprenticeship program or a combination of work experience and related education.

Median hourly wage: $33.19
Top-end hourly pay: $45 and higher
Projected job openings: 14,500

Electrician jobs on Career Beacon

6. HVAC Mechanic

Usually requires a three- to five-year apprenticeship program or combination of work experience and related education.

Median hourly wage: $31.75
Top-end hourly pay: $47.50 and higher
Projected job openings: 13,600

HVAC mechanic jobs on CareerBeacon

7. Residential or Commercial Electrician

Completion of a four- to five-year apprenticeship program is usually required.

Median hourly wage: $32
Top-end hourly pay: $44 and higher
Projected job openings: 30,800

Electrician jobs on CareerBeacon

8. Heavy Duty Mechanic

Usually requires a three- to five-year apprenticeship program or a combination of work experience and related education.

Median hourly wage: $32
Top-end hourly pay: $45.67 and higher
Projected job openings: 25,300

Mechanic jobs on CareerBeacon

9. Plumber

Usually requires a three- to five-year apprenticeship program or a combination of work experience and related education.

Median hourly wage: $30
Top-end hourly pay: $40 and higher
Projected job openings: 13,900

Plumbing jobs on CareerBeacon

10. Civil Engineering Technician

Completion of a college program and a period of supervised work experience may be required.

Median hourly wage: $28.50
Top-end hourly pay: $47.69 and higher
Projected job openings: 7,400

Civil engineering jobs on CareerBeacon

And now here are 10 jobs that have reportedly been trending during the COVID-19 pandemic:

1. developers
2. sales representatives and account managers
3. retail clerks and cashiers
4. nurses and healthcare workers
5. transport truck drivers
6. IT consultants
7. call centre representatives
8. civil engineers
9. retail supervisors
10. advertising and marketing managers

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