Trade jobs are effectively all labour jobs that require you to be trained in order to work (however, you can also get unqualified labour work that requires little to no training). Trade jobs are general considered as those that require manual labour, as opposed to ‘professions’ (such as doctors, lawyers, bankers, etc). Trades encompass all kinds of jobs, including electricians, carpenters, construction workers, mechanics, landscapers, cabinet makers, hairdressers, chefs, bakers, engineers, miners, and heaps more.
Will it suit me?
If you like practical jobs that get you working with your hands, then trade jobs are perfect for you. Trade work gets you on your feet and moving, will often see you working outside and potentially even travelling between different locations and work sites for a change of scenery. Everyday is different in a trade, because the things you’re working on are forever changing, and it’s always satisfying to create and complete something with your own two hands.
What can I do?
Automotive, bricklaying, carpentry, joinery, construction, plumbing, painting and decorating, shopfitting, plastering, stonemasonry, sign making, tiling, printing, baking, cooking, cabinet making, furnishing, aviation, boating, engineering, locksmithing, landscaping, hairdressing, beauty therapy, electrical work, refrigeration and air conditioning, hospitality, floristry, agriculture, animal services, etc.
How do I get there?
In order to work in a trade role, you will usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship (link) to get the necessary qualifications. An apprenticeship or traineeship will award you a Cert III, Cert IV or Diploma in a certain industry, and from there you are qualified to work on site, or even start your own business in your trade. If you want to take your trade even further, you can also get a bachelor degree, which could give you access to more senior positions in your industry.
Unqualified labour work doesn’t require you to have any form of certificate, and you will usually be trained on the job, however, you may need a certificate that allows you to work on a construction site. These kinds of certificates can be done very quickly, and often online.
Is it a good industry?
There are a lot of benefits to working in a trade industry, namely the lifestyle which will often see you working outside and staying active with manual labour. Changing job sites will mean your office is never in one place, which can be great for the restless ones among us. While apprentices aren’t paid much while they are studying, once you are a qualified tradie you have the potential to earn some decent coin depending on what you do. Some tradies earn even more than uni graduates. You’ll also have the option of starting your own business, so you’ll be in charge of your earnings