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Professions in the trades include home builders, electricians, welders, road builders, carpenters, plumbers, linemen, sheet metal workers and boilermakers, to name a few.


For every 5 tradesman who retire, only 1 apprentice is training to fill their position

The demand for skilled construction workers has never been higher, with millions of job openings across the country. In Tennessee alone, there is a shortage of more than 315,000 workers across all trades, making it an ideal time to pursue a career in construction. You can start earning an income right away, as many companies offer their own training programs and apprenticeships that provide on-the-job training. One of the best aspects of a career in the trades is the limitless growth potential. While you may start in an entry-level position, many workers progress to leadership roles within their companies, or even use their experience to start their own businesses. With dedication and hard work, the opportunities for success in the trades are endless.


Skilled Tradesmen
Through 2026


Average Starting
after an apprenticeship

7 out of 10 jobs

require less than a
four-year degree