5 Things About Modern Blue Collar Workers You Didn't Know
Many people know very little about blue-collar workers. Sadly, many of these same people look down on blue-collar workers as being nonessential and unintelligent. These 5 facts about blue-collar workers will give you a better idea of what it’s like to be a blue-collar worker.
1. Blue Collar Workers Can Skip Student Loans
Though some skilled trades may appreciate an associate’s degree, or even a bachelor’s degree, in the vast majority of blue-collar fields, on-the-job training is all that is needed. These apprenticeships are often paid. This means that, at the end of a job-securing education, the blue-collar worker has actually gained money instead of spending upwards of $30,000 on housing, tuition, or textbooks.
2. Blue Collar Workers Can Make Six Figures Annually
That’s right. There are multiple blue-collar professions that start off with salaries around $50,000 and (normally within a few short years) can gradually increase closer to $80,000 or $90,000. When a blue-collar worker starts their own business or gets somewhere between 5 and 10 years of experience under their belt, they can easily reach up into the $100,000-per-year earnings category. This puts them up there with doctors and lawyers salary-wise—and blue-collar workers don’t even have to pay back student loans! 3.Blue Collars Workers Are in High Demand
Unlike some professions in which there is a glut of qualified candidates, blue collar laborers will find it relatively easily to find, get, and hold onto a job once they start looking. Because so many people have clung to the idea that paying for a university education is the only way to get a job and make money in life, increasing numbers of people are going to college after high school instead of going into skilled labor. This means that there are a multitude of well-paying openings for people who are willing to do the work!
4. Blue Collar Workers Don’t Need Gyms
Because blue-collar work is often labor intensive, there’s no need for a blue-collar worker to spend money on a gym membership or a personal trainer. Many of the people who get the more coveted degrees (like doctors and lawyers) spend a lot of time sitting (which can shorten your life, by the way) or standing at a computer and talking to other people. This limits their physical activity, meaning they have even more work to do at a gym when they leave their office.
5. Blue Collar Workers are Less Stressed at Work
Gallup has done a study about stress levels between blue-collar and white-collar occupations. White collar workers were nearly twice as likely to report being dissatisfied with the level of stress their job creates. All these facts about blue-collar work point to the field being a good fit for anyone looking for a job, and a good choice for the kind of job an employer might want to offer.