Arkansas keeps growing, and the future is bright for skilled construction workers!

With so much discussion of high-tech careers taking place these days, many people might not realize that the demand for skilled labor is currently at an all-time high. In fact, new opportunities in the construction industry are continuing to rise, as well as the median income for construction careers. And the good news is that a construction apprenticeship can be completed in 2-4 years!

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Looking for a cool new job? Become an HVAC Technician!

There’s an old joke about Arkansas weather having three seasons: January, February, and summer. There’s another one about Arkansans running their heating and air conditioning at different times during the same day. Whatever the case, we can all agree that our household comfort systems are extremely important. As anyone who’s ever had an air conditioner quit working in the middle of summer will tell you, they would pay almost anything to someone who can get it restored quickly. If you’re an individual who’s looking for a high-paying career, it definitely gets you thinking. In fact, According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) new openings in the HVAC industry will increase by 21 percent through 2022, and there are presently thousands of unfilled HVAC jobs available throughout the United States. HVAC technicians earn a median income of nearly $44,000 annually, with some earning over $70,000 a year.

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Interested in a career in the plumbing industry? ACEF is here to help!

Whether you’re entering the workforce for the first time, or changing careers, making an informed decision is challenging. Most high schools struggle to prepare their students to enter the workforce, and focus instead on encouraging them to get more education at a four year university. Unfortunately, a conventional college education isn’t a good fit for everyone, and careers in the skilled trades are experiencing unprecedented growth. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), plumbers currently earn a median income of $53,910 per year, and job opportunities are expected to grow by 16% through 2026, much faster than the average for other careers.

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