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Gen Z’s Growing Interest in Trade Jobs

By Energy Workforce President Molly Determan

Energy Workforce President Molly Determan

The Wall Street Journal released an article this week that is no April Fool’s joke detailing the increasing interest among Gen Z in trades jobs, such as plumbing and welding, highlighting the rewarding career paths these fields offer. It emphasizes the importance of considering trade professions post-high school and explores the significant contributions tradespeople make to industries like oil and gas.

Considering a career in the oil and gas industry? The trades sector plays an essential role in this dynamic field. From plumbing to welding, skilled tradespeople are the backbone of operations, ensuring everything runs smoothly. It’s crucial to recognize the value and opportunities these careers offer, especially for the incoming generations.

High school graduates pondering their next steps should carefully consider trade professions. Choosing the right path post-graduation can significantly impact your future prospects and success. This insightful article sheds light on the rising trend of Gen Z’s interest in trades jobs.

Read more about the growing interest of trades in industries like oil and gas industry through the eyes of 18 year old George Belcher. It seems like we’re entering an era where the significance of making informed decisions for post-high school education is changing and I’m here for it. College is great for some professions but trades are not a lesser choice.

Let’s empower the next generation to explore diverse career paths and embrace the invaluable opportunities awaiting them in the trades!

Molly Determan is President of Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.


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