An article from PBS News Hour highlights the continued need for skilled tradespeople the US, and the benefits those jobs have the for people that choose them. 

The United States has 30 million jobs that pay an average of $55,000 per year and don’t require a bachelor’s degree… People with career and technical educations are actually slightly more likely to be employed than their counterparts with academic credentials, theU.S. Department of Education reports, and significantly more likely to be working in their fields of study.

Read all the details, including some of the steps being taken by the State of California, here: After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople