Salary Range: $31,644 – $90,806
Craftsmen perform a wide variety of skilled jobs, from pipefitting, carpentry and electrical work to welding, bricklaying and machining. They work in residential, commercial and industrial construction, as well as production environments.
Why It’s Hot
These days, every kid thinks they have to go to college to earn a good living. The result? A shortage of skilled tradesmen – high-paying careers that don’t require a college degree. Job growth ranges from 21-25%.
What You’ll Need
You need to learn a craft. If you didn’t learn it in the military or want to do something different, you could use your GI Bill to go to a vocational school. Crafts can also be learned through apprenticeships and on-the-job training.