There are profitable jobs performed by blue-collar workers who have not entered into debt by attending four-year colleges, graduate schools, or medical schools. If their positions have required post-secondary school, the training has been in a much less expensive vocational institution or a technical school. Many of these blue-collar jobs include good insurance coverage, retirements, and other benefits. Often these jobs are not as critically affected by changes in the economy since they are necessary to the production and the well-being of the populace.

High risk blue collar jobs with high salaries

Certain blue-collar jobs are lucrative because they require specific skills and expertise and usually involve potentially dangerous situations. Employment on an oil rig is one such job, offering an annual salary of $40,000. This work requires extensive training, skill, and knowledge. Several positions are available to qualified applicants, who train with drilling simulators that deal with both routine and emergency conditions. Often, too, oil rig workers are involved in robot construction and repair that calls for welding. Certified welders can make from $42,000 to $66,000 a year. Because of the very high skill demanded of underwater welding which involves crucial repairing of equipment, offshore underwater welders, who must also be certified divers, earn $80,000 to start, and with experience as much as $200,000 a year.

Industrial welders also work with crucial pipes. These pipes are used in such industries as chemical, gas, and water generation and must be prepared and installed with expertise. The welders often work underground and must perform with speed, precision, and safety to ensure that dangerous situations never arise. Routinely the pipes are checked, and welders make needed repairs to prevent hazards. Very high-risk welding jobs are also held by those who work in military support in the Middle East. Earning as much as $160,000-$200,000 a year, the support welders work in the military camps, maintaining essential equipment, vehicles, and various combat gadgets. Another dangerous welding job is that of a skilled mining roof bolter, who installs roof support bolts in underground mines for an annual salary of $55,000.

Lower risk blue-collar jobs with high salaries

Although some blue-collar jobs do not involve high risks, they still pay well. Truck drivers earn between $38,000 to $58,000 a year. While their base salaries are not high, bartenders who work in specific locales have the potential for bringing home between $45,000 and $73,000 because of tips. Other jobs, such as those of telecommunication installers and power line installers, can reap annual salaries of around $54,000 with no more than a high school education required. Still another profession that requires only a high school education and training is that of a plumber. Plumbers may start at around $37,000 per year, but when experienced, they can earn as much as $74,000 per year in some states. Electricians can draw on the average around $53,000 per year. Experienced electricians can earn $75,000-$90,000 annually, depending upon where they work.

Another position that pays well is that of a swimming pool installer, who can make nearly $60.00 an hour, or $74,000 a year. While some job assignments are relatively routine, others can involve creative ventures such as those contracted with custom pool makers. Try searching “custom pools Houston companies”, for example, and customize it to your city to find potential employers. Customized companies can specialize in original designs of pools and decks, and they can even add relaxing and beautiful waterfalls. The workers may get dirty and hot like other pool workers, but they have variety and creative design in their jobs in contrast to rather routine pool jobs. One more high-paying job that involves risk is that of a gas plant operator, who monitors a plant’s equipment and records various data. Annual salaries for this job range from $58,000-$75,000.(

With the high cost of college educations and the fact that some degrees do not translate into marketable skills, various blue-collar jobs offer young people real opportunities for exciting careers, financial comfort, and excellent benefits. There are many traditional jobs, such as those of electricians, plumbers, bartenders, and truck drivers that pay well. And, for those not afraid of risks, there are exciting jobs on oil rigs or in foreign countries or on the roads of America.


by: Mark Palmer