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West Michigan Employers Need Skilled Trades Workers

Skilled trades opportunities exist in multiple industries like information technology and health care, as well as more traditional fields like construction and manufacturing. Here are three steps to help you learn a skill and start your career in a professional trade!

Training available for skilled trades careers

1. Find training opportunities!

Check out this list of occupations that are in-demand, expected to grow AND eligible for West Michigan Works! training scholarships.

Find a skilled trades career

2. Get a satisfying career!

Use the O*Net Interest Profiler to decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore based on your interests.

If you want to discuss your options or learn more about your results, we can help! Find a Career Exploration workshop near you by selecting your county on our calendar page. Or connect with a career coach through the form below.

Meet a West Michigan Works! Career Coach

3. Work with a career coach to:

  • evaluate your skills & interests,
  • explore training opportunities & scholarships,
  • and connect to employers who are hiring.

Submit the form below to contact a career coach.

Explore Skilled Trades: Connect to a Career Coach

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Going PRO in Michigan with Skilled Trades

Skilled Trades are careers that often require less schooling and less money than a four-year degree. These are high-demand jobs in fields like healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing and construction or anyone looking to find a satisfying career. Today’s professional trades careers offer great opportunities for Michigan’s high school and community college students or anyone looking to find a satisfying new career! Explore in-demand, skilled trades careers in Michigan.

500,000+ skilled trades jobs expected in Michigan by 2024
45% higher wages compared to all other occupations
50% faster job growth than the statewide average by 2024

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