Professions that require hands-on talent, such as electrical repair, plumbing and HVAC maintenance, fall under the category of skilled trades. You might wonder, "Don't all jobs require skills?" Although the industry name sounds vague, it does point out the unique position of these workers because their skills are tangible in a way that others aren't. With so many trades to choose from, finding the right one can seem challenging.
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Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders Wind Turbine Service Technicians Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing