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Is a trades and manufacturing career too physically demanding?

Jun 17, 2020
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Most construction trades work is physically very demanding. It’s also typically done outside, which can be incredibly cold or incredibly hot during a typical Minnesota year. There’s no denying that the work is challenging.

Don’t forget to re-read the first paragraph.

Now having said that, advances in tools, safety practices, and processes have greatly reduced work-related injuries in recent years in the construction trades field. In addition, the broad trades and manufacturing career path offers plenty of less physically-demanding jobs. A review of the job schematics within the website and the Day-in-the-Life videos should reveal plenty of less intense jobs even within the construction trades industry. For instance, machining and manufacturing nearly always takes place inside of a closed facility where, in general, the machine does most of the heavy lifting. In addition, most vehicle and engine work similarly requires physical labor but not to the extent of most construction trades work.

Regardless of the initial step on the trades and manufacturing career path, opportunities exist to leverage skills and knowledge into a less-physically intense position, including project or facility management, sales, department lead, and production management, to note just a few.

While we’re on this topic we need to make one final point: While this question is certainly fair to ask of the trades and manufacturing industries, shouldn’t we also ask of countless office workers whether their jobs are not physical enough?

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