Industrial Trades


Careers in this pathway are related to technologies necessary to design, develop, install, and maintain physical systems such as buildings, structures, machines and equipment. These include engineering, manufacturing, construction and related technologies.

If you’re mechanically inclined and practical, this field may interest you. If you’d enjoy painting a house, repairing a car or wiring electrical circuits, consider this career pathway.

Job Outlook

Manufacturing employers are desperate for skilled workers. Unlike many other entry-level employment opportunities, manufacturing employers continue to offer on-the-job training, apprenticeships, and payment for continued education and career advancement. There are many stable, long-term employment opportunities in the industrial trades field.

Salary Range

Automotive Service Technician
$18,970 - $59,250

HVAC Mechanics & Installers
$30,380 - $68,900

Industrial Machinery Mechanic
$33,980 - $80,860

Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, a semi-annual survey that provides wage and employment statistics for the nation, each state, and sub-state regions.