Middle-skilled jobs are defined by Harvard Business School as occupations that require more education and training than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree. These jobs account for the largest portion of America’s labor market. It’s no surprise the demand for talent such as pipe-fitters, electricians, plumbers, and carpenters continues to remain strong. Unfortunately, employers consistently struggle to find individuals to fill these positions. According to Harvard Business School,“69% of HR executives say their inability to attract and retain middle-skills talent frequently affects their firm’s performance.”
Interestingly enough, many of the technician jobs that go unfilled everyday are well paying positions that call for the completion of courses which typically last less than a year, or have paid apprenticeships. For people in these careers, it means spending less on education expenses and beginning a well-paying profession, sooner. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is $24.74. Some may find the shortage of middle-skilled craftspeople curious considering the income is on par with the median household income, these careers require less than a four-year degree, and the jobs are in high demand.
In-Demand Middle-Skilled Jobs: