Summer is upon us and graduation season is winding down. That means there have been many articles published recently about jobs, careers, earnings, and the future. The simple takeaway - your chances of being a high paid athlete or celebrity are still pretty slim, but you are almost guaranteed a good living in the trades 🛠
Despite high satisfaction rates, ease of entry into the fields, and good pay, there remains a shortage of skilled tradespeople. Stanley Black & Decker (yes - Stanley, Black & Decker, and DeWalt are all one company) recently took a look at the reasons behind this shortage. The Hustle covers some of the same issues in a story focused on the shortage of carpenters.
This shortage of folks willing to make a career of working with their hands is worldwide! One of the factors that often goes unmentioned is the allure of easy money. Trades aren't the mindless toil some make them out to be. Meanwhile, being a highly paid athlete takes work and commitment. Success in either the trades or sports can lead to big paychecks, but only one comes with hordes of adoring fans.
Before you blame the NFL - according to Forbes, none of last year's eight highest paid athletes in the world was in the NFL! However, the United States does provide more of the highest paid athletes than any other nation. (Statista)