A tradesman's life for me?
December 1, 2011 2:36 PM Subscribe
I'm starting to think I'd like to learn a trade, but I don't know which. I have no experience and have been a graphics guy (half corporate, half freelance) since graduating college with a BA in psychology (I'm 37 now). I really like the idea of making something, of being able to fix things, of having a skill that is useful in its own right, and of not sitting in front of a computer all day. I'm willing to go to school and/or apprentice, but I'd like to have the possibility of making decent money (>$60k) after doing it for a 2-3 years.
posted by SampleSize to Work & Money (21 answers total) 33 users marked this as a favorite
I've browsed a bit on the Occupational Outlook Handbook and pulled out a couple that looked interesting:
Medical Equipment Repair: Seems to have very good prospects and the possibility of making good money, but I don't think it's really a skill I could use outside of repairing medical equipment.
Small Engine Repair: Unfortunately, doesn't seem like you can make much money, but I find the idea of being able to fix real, useful stuff very exciting.
I'd love some first-hand suggestions and thoughts. I'm just starting to poke around, so I'm open to anything.