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The blue collar jobs of the future

By Meg Donohue
CareerBuilder.com
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(CareerBuilder.com) -- Competitive wages and predicted industry growth mean the future is looking bright for numerous blue collar positions.

So which manual and technical labor jobs are the most promising?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction and extraction jobs are expected to grow 12 percent by 2014, adding 931,000 jobs to the field.

Installation, maintenance, and repair jobs have a predicted expansion of 11.4 percent with 657,000 additional jobs over the same time period.

The transportation and material moving industry is another growing blue collar niche, increasing by 11.1 percent and adding 1.1 million jobs by 2014.

Here are the top 10 blue collar jobs based on current salary medians and expected growth by 2014*:

Construction and Building Inspectorsexternal link

What it pays: $43,670 annually

Employment projected to increase: 18 percent to 26 percent

Waste and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operatorsexternal link

What it pays: $34,960 annually

Employment projected to increase: 9 percent to 17 percent

Elevator Installers and Repairersexternal link

What it pays: $28.23 per hour

Employment projected to increase: 9 percent to 17 percent

Subway and Streetcar Operatorsexternal link

What it pays: $23.70 per hour

Employment projected to increase: 9 percent to 17 percent

Iron and Metal Workersexternal link

What it pays: $20.40 per hour

Employment projected to increase: 9 percent to 17 percent

Electriciansexternal link

What it pays: $20.33 per hour

Employment projected to increase: 9-17 percent

Brickmasons, Blockmasons and Stonemasonsexternal link

What it pays: $20.07 per hour

Employment projected to increase: 9 percent to 17 percent

Plumbers, Pipelayers, Pipefitters and Steamfittersexternal link

What it pays: $19.85 per hour

Employment projected to increase: 9 percent to 17 percent

Heating, Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration Mechanics and Installersexternal link

What it pays: $17.43 per hour

Employment projected to increase: 18 percent to 26 percent

Carpentersexternal link

What it pays: $16.78 per hour

Employment projected to increase: 9 percent to 17 percent

*Statistics provided by the BLS

Meg Donohue is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.


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