Trading up


If you’re a high school graduate or have an equivalent diploma, it’s time to picture your future. Do you want to establish a lifelong career and not just a job? What about having the opportunity to be your own boss and write your own paycheck? And maybe attending a traditional four-year college isn’t for you? If this sounds familiar, you should consider trading up for a future career in the specialty trades.


With 70 percent of contractors across the United States reporting that it is difficult to find skilled tradespeople to fill positions, becoming a tradesperson is worth exploring. Learn about the wide range of opportunities and benefits that tradespeople can enjoy, and see if becoming a tradesperson is the right fit for your future.


  • The average median annual wage for all specialty trade workers was $48,906 as of May 2017
    • This is over $11,000 higher than the national average median for all professions, which was $37,690*
  • Some skilled trade industries pay over $90,000 in select areas*
  • Construction will contribute to one-third of new jobs created through 2022*

*According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Professional trade career resources

Within the professional trade industry, there are numerous career paths that you can pursue. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, includes the following professions in their definition of the specialty trades: carpenters, construction laborers, electricians, construction managers, and plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters. Use these resources to begin exploring trade careers, and find contractor training information to help you determine your next steps.

Careers supporting the trades

Pursuing a career that supports the trades can also lead to a bright future. Trade professionals need dependable access to specialty products and supplies from people who understand their industry. Whether working to run an efficient warehouse or driving trucks to deliver the products that tradespeople need, applying for a career that supports the trades can help you build your future.

At Ferguson, our dedicated warehouse and driver associates power our supply chain in order to serve trade professionals. Discover opportunities to achieve success and explore warehouse and driver careers and benefits.