This blog was originally posted on Matthew Mann’s other website, here.
With the rise of technology and its ability to threaten certain industries, you would think that several vocational industries have been negatively affected. However, that is not the case because new technologies and tools have actually made production more efficient and vocational positions are still needed to maintain and operate everything. With faster production rates, an aging vocational worker population and a decrease in young people entering the vocational workforce, this has left several industries in desperate need of workers.
The American Transportation Research Institute estimates there are more than 30,000 trucker job openings that could be filled immediately — if workers were willing to apply. Combined with a turnover rate of 90 percent, job openings for this occupation could skyrocket to 240,000 by 2022.
Several factors have led to this trucker shortage: long hours on the road means workers are away from their families, highways have gotten increasingly more congested, and our country’s infrastructure has been falling apart — leading to tough road conditions and constant construction.
This crucial link in America’s supply chain is so important to our economy that last year, many of America’s truck drivers received a wage increase of 7.8 percent, which is the biggest jump among 60 common professions analyzed by Glassdoor.com.
Although you would never guess, a skilled electrician are key people to keep our society running.
In an article on angieslist.com, Mike Rowe, host of the former Discovery Channel series, “Dirty Jobs” and spokesman for tradespeople, said “When you flick a switch and the lights don’t come on, you’ve got about 48 hours before people riot,” he says. “Electricians are on the front lines … they are the most important part of our workforce.”
Now that Rowe has put it into perspective, he’s certainly right. How would most of us do our jobs without adequate lighting and an internet connection?
According to the Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU), well-trained dental assistants are in dire need across the country. The field is expected to grow much faster than average at 18 percent over the next 10 years, and 58,600 trained dental assistants will be needed by 2024.
Combined with the connection between general health and oral health, more patients will be visiting the dentist than ever before. Diseases like diabetes, heart disease, HIV, cancer, and some eating disorders can be linked with oral health problems, which will prompt many patients to make more visits to the dentist.
Truckers, electricians, and dental assistants are just a small selection of vocational jobs that are in need of workers. Will this blog prompt you to pursue a career in any of these fields?