Skilled Trades Careers That Can’t Be Outsourced

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Americans have lost their jobs to workers in other countries at an alarming rate. China alone accounted for 3.2 million of the positions that U.S. corporations outsourced—the majority of them in manufacturing—between 2001 and 2013. Fortunately, thanks to geography and economics, there are skilled trades careers that can’t be outsourced to other countries.


Plumbing and pipefitting are two jobs that are impossible to outsource. While components needed for these jobs can be manufactured overseas and then imported into the United States, experts on the ground are needed to install, maintain, and repair residential and commercial pipes. Job growth for pipefitters is set at 21 percent. Those receiving pipefitter training will be in the prime position to fill the jobs left vacant by retiring pipefitters over the next ten years.

Electrical Work

Completing electrician training can lead to an outsource-proof profession. Electricians are needed in the construction industry to wire new buildings, and they are needed by homeowners and corporations alike to repair electrical wiring. Given that this work is done at the location where the installation, repair, or maintenance is needed, workers who are thousands of miles away cannot do this job. In addition, there are likely to be many job opportunities for electricians in the future, as this industry is expected to grow 20 percent by 2022.


HVAC technicians are always needed on location to install, maintain, and repair heating and air conditioning units and refrigeration systems. What is more, an individual who has HVAC training and experience in this field can advance to the position of installer, operation manager, distribution manager, sales manager or even start his or her own HVAC business. As with electrical work, there will be plenty of HVAC jobs in the future as the industry is projected to expand 21 percent by 2022.


Welding is another profession that cannot be outsourced. For example, welding jobs related to construction, such as building a home or office building or fixing a bridge, require welders to work onsite. Other industries that rely on welding include transportation, energy, and construction. Some of the jobs in these fields like auto manufacturing can be outsourced, but some companies have been bringing their operations back to the U.S. due to rising labor and shipping costs, as well as quality control issues.

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Those wishing to work in manufacturing now and in the future will need additional welding technology training to develop the skills to operate, maintain, and repair robots as this industry has become increasingly automated. Higher salaries can accompany such positions.

Obtaining the welding training needed to get a good welding job is not as expensive or take as long a four year college. The job outlook is good as there is set to be a severe shortage of welders by 2020 when many of them retire.

Interested in learning more?  Find the program that’s right for you at Tulsa Welding School.

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