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US Careers Online

Two things are happening in the United States:

Baby Boomers are saying goodbye to their jobs in construction, manufacturing and engineering, and younger generations are looking for work outside of those industries. 

So, who exactly is replacing the Boomers? 

The labor force participation rate for men of prime working age (21 to 54) is lower than it was during the 2007-09 recession. The supply side of the U.S. economy is clearly coming under strain. Very few Millennials are training for tradesman careers. US Careers Online hopes to close this gap. 

What is the solution? 

The answer for every career opportunity is not always a four year liberal arts degree. The future of a strong US economy belongs to the bold young tradesman, to young men and women who reach out for the new opportunities in traditional industries. In many of these careers you can advance really quickly. If you get the basic training, are motivated and have business and technical sense, you can have a wonderful career often making $60 – $90k per year, depending on the career. 

The mission of US Careers Online is to be a resource for middle and high school students and their parents, educators and individuals re-entering the workforce to discover the many career opportunities available to them. Students today want to be active, engaged and know why they should learn specific skills. By using videos rather than printed brochures, US Careers Online highlights both careers and the pathways available to enter the workforce. 

By viewing our repository of videos about pathways such as culinary arts, automotive technology, engineering, business and finance, health care, petroleum exploration, aviation maintenance, agribusiness, criminal justice, electricians, robotics maintenance, just to name a few examples, viewers will become aware of occupations they may have never thought of as a career path. These are careers that they will find fulfilling and in most cases where they will earn excellent wages.

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First, the facts –

  • As of 2011, plumbers working in the United States made an average of $51,830, or about $24.92 per hour, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • With an expected job growth rate of 26 percent between 2010 and 2020, the employment outlook for prospective plumbers is excellent.

If you have any doubts about plumbing being a great career choice, has a great article for you.

An addition to our Career Opportunities in North Carolina series, this project was produced for US Careers Online and sponsored by American Standard Brands/LIXIL Water Technologies Americas along with Davidson County Community College(DCCC) and Wake Tech.

American Standard sent Vinny Arnese down to our studio from NYC. Vinny is a Regional Training Manager, and has a wealth of knowledge about the plumbing industry, particularly when it comes to plumbing as a career. He had some sobering facts about an impending shortage of plumbers.

Davidson County Community College has a plumbing program based out of, wait for it…Richard Childress Racing. Yep. We filmed interviews and b-roll at the Richard Childress Racing Museum in Lexington, NC as the students were learning gas line installation techniques.

More interviews with students and the instructor were shot at Wake Tech’s plumbing facility, which includes a mock-up of a framed house inside for the students to practice on.

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