This article contains a list of the fastest growing jobs that may be considered skilled trades. Generally, the skills needed to succeed in these types of in-demand careers can be learned through a trade school, an apprenticeship, or on the job.

The average salaries of these careers vary a lot and often depend on the amount of training needed. Generally, the more training needed for a job, the higher the average pay, but this is not always the case.

Overall, employment in construction jobs is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026. That’s faster than the average for all occupations. The average yearly salary for all construction skilled trade occupations was more than $46,000 in May 2018.

Skilled Trades In Demand

The following job growth is expected between now and 2026.

PV installers: Solar photovoltaic installers are in demand, and this career is expected to grow 105%. PV installer average pay in 2018 was $42,680.

Wind turbine technicians: The number of wind turbine service technician jobs is projected to grow 96%. The average wind turbine tech makes more than $54,000. Read about the wind turbine tech career.

Hazardous materials removal: HAZMAT removal employment is projected to grow 17 percent. HAZMAT removal workers earn about $42,000 each year.

HVAC technicians: Employment of HVAC technicians and installers is projected to grow 15%. The average salary of an HVAC tech is $47,610. Read about what an HVAC technician does.

Construction equipment operators: Construction equipment operator jobs are projected to grow 12 percent. They make close to $47,000 per year. Start with your CDL classes.

Ironworkers: Ironworker jobs are projected to grow 13%, and the average annual pay is over $52,000. Learn about welding and iron-working careers.

Electricians: Employment of electricians is expected to grow 9%. An electrician’s average pay is close to $55,000. Read about the electrician career.

Carpenters: Employment of carpenters is projected to grow 8%. The average pay of a carpenter is about $46,000. Learn about becoming a carpenter.

Some of these careers listed above, like wind turbine technician, are in extremely high demand. Others—like carpenter—aren’t growing quite that fast, but they’re still growing at or above average compared to all careers. Getting trained for any of these jobs will offer you a great chance at employment.

Salaries listed above are from 2018, the most recent data available on the BLS website at the time this article was written.

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