Your father did them, and his father before him did them too. What are they? Well, they are what we refer to as Blue Collar jobs. In today’s economy, these types of jobs, while not the most desirable or glamorous, may just be what a young person coming out of college, or even a recently unemployed white collar worker, might have to do just to make ends meet, plus in the new economy it might be their only choice.
Dirty jobs that pay well
By now, everyone knows someone who has either lost a job, quit a job or is just plain looking for a job just to earn a paycheck. Here is a list of some jobs that you may never have thought of applying for.
Working on a Garbage Truck
There certainly is no glamour to be found when you are a garbage collector. Riding on the back of a garbage truck, and picking up other people’s trash may not have been what you were thinking about while get an associate’s degree, but if you can just get past the perceived stigma of the job, and the odor you really have a decent paying
job with benefits. Two things to think about; the average yearly salary for this position is $43,000 per year plus health and other benefits.
How many cars do you think break down on average each year, and you really do not have to answer that question. The point is that even in a down economy, cars need repairs, and an auto service technician is always in high demand, and the average salary per year $30,000 or better.
Portable Toilet Cleaner
This job may very well rank right up there with garbage collector, but again while it’s not the perfect job, and it might not be for everyone it is a job that requires someone to do it. And for that person, who can get past the idea of what they are doing the take home pay for this person averages out to almost $50,000 a year.
Many people have watched the Discovery Channel’s hit series Deadliest Catch, and just maybe you’ve said to yourself that you could do that type of work. The job requires longs day out at sea, in close quarters, and most of the time you are working more than a 10 hour work day, but that aside, if you think that that type of work may be your cup of coffee, then you should know that after you have gained some experience, you can take home upwards of $60,000 a year.
Learning how to do basic carpentry may take a few years under an apprenticeship program, but here is another blue collar profession that is always in demand. From simple home repairs and renovations to actually building a home from the foundation on up, a carpenter that knows his business can make a good living. Average salary a year can range from a low of $30,000 and higher depending on how much work is available.
While the above list of blue collar jobs is not overly extensive, these are actually very decent jobs to have. And while they may not appeal to the average college student or a downsized white collar office manager, they do offer the chance for employment. Some of these positions will require retraining for many people who find themselves back on the job market, and others may just be a matter of who you happen to know in the city or town that you work in.
While it may seem a daunting task to begin applying for one or several of these jobs, keep in mind that as the job market continues to restructure itself in this new economy, the job that you just lost, may open the door to a new opportunity in a blue collar job that you may never have seen yourself doing until now.