Blue-collar jobs in 2018 pay more than you think
SAN DIEGO, CA - There is a talent shortage in America's blue-collar sectors, and it's projected only to grow. In manufacturing alone, 57% of the 3.5 million jobs that analysts predict will exist by 2025 are expected to go unfilled. While the aging baby boomer population, growing economy and widening skills gap have each played a part, nearly all industry executives agree that a negative perception of such work has contributed to a lack of interest from job seekers. But there are a number of blue-collar jobs that bank big bucks.
Topping the list yet again are nuclear power reactor operators. The 6,010 individuals employed in this role are responsible for operating and monitoring equipment, recording data and, when necessary, implementing emergency procedures and they make an annual mean wage of $94,350 to do it. Electrical and electronics repairers make up to $77,770, and can inspect, test, repair and maintain electrical equipment in every state, as long as they have a high school diploma.
Whether a gas plant operator making $69,600 or an electrical power-line installer and repairer earning $68,710, the workers employed in these high-paying blue-collar jobs are faring above average. Considering the tight nature of the labor market and the projected talent shortage, it might not be far-fetched to think that this trend will continue.