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College Vs. The Trades: Which Way to Go?

There’s more than one path to success, and one of the biggest decisions you’ll make is choosing between a four-year college and a different direction, like training in the skilled trades. Let’s see how they stack up against each other.

Trade School vs. College: Earning Potential

Conventional wisdom has long held that a college degree was the key to higher earnings. But does a trade school education really hold you back financially? The numbers say you can actually come out ahead in the long run.

The Economy's best kept secret? careers in the trades.

Today, there’s a huge gap between the supply of talent for skilled trades careers and the demand for those services. And the training you’ll need to get started? A lot faster and less expensive than a four-year degree.

Does working with your hands make you happier and healthier?

Skilled trade pros say the number one benefit to their job is a sense of mastery, closely followed by feelings of empowerment and being in control of their lives. Office workers? Not so much.

We've turned our back on the trades. Now it's holding us back.

There’s a crisis looming over the U.S. economy: A chronic shortage of qualified trade pros is holding back employment and growth. The cause of this crisis can be traced back to the cultural shift that celebrates traditional college and undervalues trade skills. Meanwhile, people with career and technical educations are more likely to be employed than their peers with college degrees, and more likely to be working in their fields of study.