The Top 8 Labor Jobs to Get Hired & Earn a Great Salary

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Nov 21, 2018

Nov 21, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

Estimates say that 40% of tradespeople currently working will retire over the next 5-10 years. Many employees in the skilled trades are baby boomers. As they retire, there is room for many new skilled labor workers.

There are several occupations in particular where demand is high but supply is short. In some industries, job openings are much higher than candidates.

Read on to learn about the top 8 labor jobs that are in high demand. 

1. Solar Energy Technician

This is (and will be) the fastest growing job from 2016 to 2026. In the US, the solar workforce has increased by 168% over a 7-year period according to the solar job census. 

And at a wage of up to $32/hour, this job is enticing for many. 

Renewable energy is not something we can afford to ignore with today's climate change crisis becoming more and more serious. Many organizations and governments around the world have started to see that.

A solar energy technician will be versed in the electrical, electronic and mechanical disciplines and how they function in renewable energies including solar and wind power. 

2. Construction Worker

Construction workers, just like the rest of the American population, are aging. The average age in the construction industry in 2008 was 40.4. That is 4.4 years older than it was in the mid-eighties. 

Construction work is inherently physically demanding. There are awkward postures, handling materials and zero sitting on a regular basis.

There will be a shortage of construction workers in the next 10 years or so due to chronic disease or work-related injury and disability. 

If you are fit and are prepared to take care of your health, you can have a prosperous career in construction work.

Salary in this industry range depending on job title and experience. Top earners make around $25 per hour. Those in project management in construction tend to make more. 

3. Truck Driver

The American Trucking Associations states that there was a shortage of 51,000 truck drivers in 2017. And the need is going to just get more severe. 

As consumers turn more and more to online shopping, companies like Amazon and Walmart are shipping more goods than ever before.

Many trucking companies are offering signing bonuses and raises to try to get and keep laborists. It's not uncommon for truck drivers to make $80,000 a year.

If you don't mind being on the road all the time and can go a day without a shower, this is probably the best way for you to earn a decent income without a college diploma. 

4. Steamfitter

In case you don't know, a steamfitter assembles, maintains, and repairs piping systems. The salary can range from $40,547 - $130,821.

Jobs often offer relocation compensation to move you and your family to the site.

Duties include setting up and using equipment to shape and fabricate pipes. A Steamfitter also inspects, tests and repairs pipes, fixtures and parts.

There is a certification course you'd need to take and pass a standard exam. Yet, it's a great job with a good salary. 

5. Electrician

Electricians job opportunities will grow by 9% from 2016 to 2026. That is over 660,000 new jobs in 2016 alone. The demand for electricians will continue to grow as companies look for alternative energy.

The median annual wage for electricians was $54,110 in May 2017. Though there was one electrician who got a $238,285.32 salary. Maybe that will be you in a few years.

6. Welder

A skilled labor welder is someone who is trained to weld metal together through arc welding and brazing.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the need for welders will likely grow by 26% before 2020. In other words, welding is one of the fastest growing jobs in the US. 

Welders may work for a variety of companies such as a manufacturing or private contracting company to engineering firms and municipalities. 

To become a welder you need proper, technical training from an accredited trade school. The pay scale for welders ranges from $33,707 - $85,034.

7. Personal Care Aides

There will be 777,600 new personal care aide jobs available by 2026. It makes sense as the population gets older, more people will need senior care.

Personal care aides provide a variety of services for clients including light cleaning, running errands and cooking. They also help with personal hygiene tasks such as showering and grooming.

Personal care aides also read to clients, talk to them and play games to engage and stimulate them.

Many companies don't require any certification or even a high school diploma for this line of work. But it depends on the employer.

8. Janitor

The need for janitors is growing faster than the national average, as is true for many labor jobs. 

There were 2,384,600 janitorial jobs available in 2016. Many new jobs are expected in healthcare facilities due to the industry's growth.

You don't need any credentials to get started. The training happens on the job after you are hired. The median hourly pay is $12.02. But don't snort just yet.

Janitorial jobs and other roles that make less than $40K have the highest satisfaction rate. One reason for this is the pride of a job well done.

Your work as a janitor is physically available as proof. Everything from water damage prevention to making floors shine is part of a day's work. 

Bottom Line on Top Labor Jobs

Thanks for reading. As you can see there is a huge growth happening now in the next 10 years for labor jobs.

Do you prefer working with your hands than sitting at a desk? Check out these 10 hands-on jobs that require little or no schooling.