Careerbuilder.com just released a list of ten labor-intensive occupations that hold the promise of decent salary and job growth over the next eight years.
This is great timing, because recently Bossy has been reconsidering her career as an Interior Painter due to unknowns regarding paint fumes—although so far Bossy has thankfully escaped without lasting side effects. Unless you count memory loss. Or—what was Bossy’s saying?
Right. New careers. Like her boyfriend Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting, Bossy thinks there’s honor in laying brick—Bossy has always leaned toward blue-collar jobs, although in the case of painting it was more like a blue collar splattered with primer and deck paint.
Shall we begin?
- Landscaping. Salary: $10.22/hour; $21,260/year. The pros: working outdoors. The cons: all those plants and leaves and lawns and bushes and bah.
- Electronic home entertainment equipment installer/repairer. Salary: $14.42/hour; $29,980/year. The pros: job security due to ever-shifting technology. The cons: expelling all the air from your lungs as you describe that you are an Electronic home entertainment equipment installer/repairer.
- Terrazzo worker and finisher. Salary: $15.21/hour; $31,630/year.
The pros: you join the ranks of old-world craftsmen. The cons: you must first find out what terrazzo is and how to finish it.
- Highway maintenance worker. Salary: $15.67/hour; $32,600/year.
The pros: you’re a worker! The cons: the highway part is scary and the maintenance part really hard.
- Security and fire alarm systems installer. Salary: $16.73/hour; $34,810/year. The pros: you will be capitalizing on a fear-based era. The cons: you will be capitalizing on a fear-based era.
- Computer, automated teller and office machine repairer. Salary: $17.54/hour; $36,480/year. The pros: endless supply of malfunctioning computers, automated systems, and machines. The cons: have you ever worked for someone suffering from a malfunctioning computer, automated system, or machine?
- Tile and marble setter. Salary: $17.59/hour; $36,590/year. The pros: widely used material for commercial and residential kitchens and baths. The cons: kitchens and baths.
- Heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanic and installer. Salary: $18.44/hour; $38,360/year. The pros: growing trend for
energy-efficiency keeps you busy! The cons: the cat hair and coins and hair scrunchies and twist-ties behind the refrigerator, the heater, and the air-conditioner.
- Structural and reinforcing iron and metal worker. Salary: $19.46/hour; $40,480/year. The pros: existing buildings and bridges are in a constant state of structural disrepair and require your immediate services. The cons: knowing what you know, you will never want to enter a building or cross a bridge again.
- Subway and streetcar operator. Salary: $23.55/hour; $48,980/year. The pros: with environmental issues and gas prices a concern, public transportation systems will grow and require skilled workers.
The cons: you may need an escort for the deck.