More Than Just a Job: Building a Career in the Home Service Trades

April 10, 2019

If you have ever considered pursuing a career in the home service trades, there has never been a better time than right now. The need for qualified residential HVAC, plumbing and electrical technicians is increasing, providing ample opportunity for new technicians to build a promising career.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average job growth outlook for careers in these trades from 2016-2026 is more than 13%, which is significantly higher than the 7% average growth rate for all occupations.

As long as our lifestyles continue to rely on climate-controlled shelter, indoor plumbing and electronic conveniences, there will always be a need for residential plumbers, electricians and HVAC technicians. Because of this, careers in the trades provide excellent job security and tend to be less affected by economic downturns.

New technicians start with a modest average salary, which is largely dependent on location, and have numerous opportunities to grow their annual salary and benefits throughout their career.

Depending on your long-term career aspirations, enrolling in HVAC technician training, electrical training or plumber training is just the first step toward becoming a technician, service manager, general manager or even owning your own business.

Save Money with Online Technical Training

The cost of vocational training programs for a career in the residential service trades is typically much lower than the cost of education for other careers – resulting in immediate financial savings for you.

Online technical training programs like those offered by NexTech Academy provide even greater financial savings and allow students to learn at their own pace.

Through online learning and hands-on skills assessments, NexTech Academy participants get the step-by-step technical training they need to become technically proficient in their chosen trade. Additional soft skills training prepares them to go into the field and build relationships with customers. The result is a well-rounded technician who is not only qualified, but confident and professional.

Choose a Career That Grows with You

For people who are doers that thrive on problem solving and using tools to fix things, a job as a home service technician can be very fulfilling. The ability to travel from house to house, meet new people and work in a new environment every day keeps the job interesting because no two days are ever the same.

Plus, the hands-on and soft skills learned through vocational training programs can be applied to various other jobs and career paths. Becoming adept at solving complex problems and understanding how to interact with people in a business setting are universally valuable skills for any profession.

If you’re looking for a career that is challenging, flexible, and offers above average financial and job security, consider enrolling in a vocational training program for the residential HVAC, plumbing or electrical trades.

Contact us today to learn more about online technical training programs available through NexTech Academy.

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