CareerBuilder: Skilled trades expected to show strong job growth in 2017​

The U.S. economy is expected to add just over 1 million new jobs for plumbers, HVAC techs and electricians in 2017 – a job growth rate of 8 percent.

The professions expected to show one of the biggest job growth rates in 2017 and the largest growth in sheer number of jobs will be skilled trades, according to a year-end report from CareerBuilder and labor market data provider Emsi.

The U.S. economy is expected to add just over 1 million new jobs in fields such as plumbers, HVAC techs and electricians in 2017. That’s a job growth rate of 8 percent, with only IT jobs showing a stronger percentage gain next year. The average hourly earnings for skilled trades will be $21.38, or about $45,000 a year in 2017, the report says.

CareerBuilder and Emsi used a variety of national and state employment resources as well as online job postings to come up with their list of 2017’s best jobs.

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