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    Default Unpopular careers with a shortage of workers

    The recent news about a shortage of truckers in Britain and also here in Canada has got me thinking.

    Trucking is relatively unpopular, but should offer decent job security due to the shortage of drivers.

    What other "blue collar" jobs are like that, and which seem "least worst" in terms of pay or enjoyment or lifestyle?

    Our resident refrig tech says that's a busy field. Millwrights or machinists should be in demand I think. I used to suggest welding, but that's maybe less busy than it used to be.

    If you had a teenager considering career options, what would you suggest to avoid or persue?
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    Let's just get Assistant Crack Whore out of the way, early.
    We can focus better once that's behind us.


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    Waitressing comes to mind.

    Might need bigger jugs tho
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    If that's the case I'm going to be sitting pretty in 7 months. Everything is coming up SKR.

    The thing with trucking from what I've seen is you need to be in the truck driving as much as legally possible for your entire life.
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    If that's the case I'm going to be sitting pretty in 7 months. Everything is coming up SKR.

    The thing with trucking from what I've seen is you need to be in the truck driving as much as legally possible for your entire life.
    Once saw a saying... There are truckers and truck drivers. Those who understand the difference know what it means.

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    Once saw a saying... There are truckers and truck drivers. Those who understand the difference know what it means.
    I mean… duh. That saying applies to any two similar nouns.

    Re: op, I wouldn’t recommend my teenager to pursue any job where success is directly correlated to time away from home.

    If we can’t recommend university in this thread, I would suggest any of the “skilled” blue collar jobs/trades pretty much. Slight bias to electrician, as it’s one of the cleaner ones and I think will be in high demand with the increasing burden on our power grid/home systems.

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    Industrial Electricians/High Voltage Workers and Solar Panel Install/Repair
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    I feel like I see a lot of roofing companies looking for quality people that show up and don’t disappear after pay day

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    I feel like I see a lot of roofing companies looking for quality people that show up and don’t disappear after pay day
    Jesus no son. Roofing is the only job worse than assistant crack whore.
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    I do think we need more trained electricians on the industrial side.
    Residential electrician is not the same as industrial and it shows. Tell me how I know...

    You want something that is unpopular, but not something everyone and their mom can do. Electrician is one of those trades.

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    Jesus no son. Roofing is the only job worse than assistant crack whore.
    I used to be a hot tar roofer.
    Boy, I remember that day real well.

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    If in the UK. Trades and associated sub trades like Glass, Patio doors, plastering and roofing, gutters. With brickwork.. 'Pointing'. A cousin had a hard time finding someone with this specific skill in fixing old brickwork.
    The housing stock there is predominantly old. I would advise a younger person to pick one(trade) and get really good at it. Then build a team around sub trades. It is a nightmare trying to find good trades people that have experience with old houses. One item of work can't be done without fixing the other.
    With Brexit happening, its a great opportunity for a young person get in and learn.


    Canada. I had a client that did floor tiles. He forbid me to ever consider doing that. He said as one gets older, pain on the knees, neck and back is HARD.

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    I wish I was in a field where I was the smartest bitch among a bunch of dummies. That's the key to flying up the ranks. It's too hard to tell who the smartest person is when you work with a bunch of other fucking nerds and the only way to get ahead is to fuck dads. That just gets you sore genitals and people pissing in your coffee.

    You have to use your mind and come up with some really great idea like that and you never have to work again!
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    If in the UK. Trades and associated sub trades like Glass, Patio doors, plastering and roofing, gutters. With brickwork.. 'Pointing'. A cousin had a hard time finding someone with this specific skill in fixing old brickwork.
    The housing stock there is predominantly old. I would advise a younger person to pick one(trade) and get really good at it. Then build a team around sub trades. It is a nightmare trying to find good trades people that have experience with old houses. One item of work can't be done without fixing the other.
    With Brexit happening, its a great opportunity for a young person get in and learn.


    Canada. I had a client that did floor tiles. He forbid me to ever consider doing that. He said as one gets older, pain on the knees, neck and back is HARD.
    Never heard of this.


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    I tell anyone that wants to get into trades to not consider welding. Although it's been good to me, it's not something I want to do for more than another year, im actively looking to move to something else.

    There are so many welders and new welders coming out of the woodwork, the competition is very tough and it's the only trade where you constantly have to re-teat for your job. It's stressful for the average guy, let alone someone who is new.

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    Based on how many LinkedIn head hunters I get who can’t read experience history past the word “engineer”…

    Coding / Software engineer.

    Couldn’t pay me enough to do it, but fuck do there seem to be a lot of jobs.
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    A lot of programmers lost their jobs the last while and left the industry.

    Unfortunately in Canada the pay is shit.

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    Programming is one of those jobs that youngsters think might be cool, so lots start down that path. The reality is less enticing, and you'll always be competing against India and China for lowest wages, so hard to make a living at it.
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    Coding is blue collar?

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    I don't consider it blue collar
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