When people talk about "hot jobs" high-tech careers are often top of mind, but there's a huge demand right now for skilled trades workers which, if not addressed, could make it hard for consumers to find a good contractor at a reasonable rate.
Angie's List has worked closely with the service industry for 20 years and is trying to educate youth about the many skilled trades opportunities available to them by holding blue collar career fairs. The fairs bring together experienced contractors and middle school students in order to inform young people about their options for skilled trade careers
Bill Ellison has attended many of these fairs. He has been running his own electrical business for 30 years. He says, "A journeyman electrician like I'm at can make $65,000 a year. that's not too bad. and if you pay attention and put your nose to the grind, you can start your own business and hopefully make more than that."
Angie says there are many lucrative careers in the trades and that her company is seeing no slowdown in the demand for services. She's hoping her blue collar career fair will catch on in schools around Indiana and eventually across the country.