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List Of Skilled Trades

College not your thing? We hear you loud and clear – and you have landed in the right place. The team at Blue Collar Brain are working hard to provide trade career profiles for every skilled trade out there, but that will take us some time.

So, in the meantime we created the best list of skilled trades we could to let you see all of the amazing opportunities out there that do not require a college degree!

A trade career is one that will require a more hands on experience. Most will not have you sitting behind a desk, but will have you doing new things and some in crazy places! The jobs below do not require a college degree and many are offer great salaries and future growth.


Agricultural careers will often having you working outdoors with animals or the land to better our environment.


Construction jobs are those that are related to the building of homes, commercial spaces, retail stores and more.

  • Carpenter
  • Cement & Concrete Finisher
  • Electrician
  • HVAC
  • Iron Worker
  • Mason
  • Painting
  • Pipe Fitter/Steam Fitter
  • Plumber


Whether you like to cook, serve or help people, these careers will have you working with food in some way.

  • Bartender
  • Butcher
  • Cook
  • Food Service Manager
  • Private Chef
  • Waiter/Waitress


Maintenance and repair trade careers are diverse. You may work high in the sky or on the ground fixing or improving the mechanics of different projects.


Interested in building and creating new products from raw materials/ Manufacturing careers will allow the chance to be a part of new products and services in a variety of industries.

  • CNC Programmer
  • Fiberglass Fabricator
  • Iron Worker
  • Line Installer
  • Machinists
  • Material Moving Machine Operator
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Millwright
  • Welder
  • Tool & Die Maker


Helping people is what your primary focus will be in the service field. Whether you are walking dogs or doing home repairs having great people skills will take you far.


Finding work in the transportation field could have you driving buses, big rigs or even a train. These careers will have you “going places”.