A tradesman or trades person, or more commonly known as a “Tradie”, is a skilled manual worker in a particular craft or trade. A tradesman is considered a professional with a high degree of both theoretical and practical knowledge of his/ her own trade.
Generally and famously known as one of the most sought after careers in Australia, the tradesman is among the top earners when it comes to salaries and wages. The higher your qualification, the higher your potential wage.
Naturally, a tradie’s job is tough and one of the most physically demanding careers – a long way from your typical 9-5 office job. Ranging from being called “sparkies, chippies, brickies” – being a tradie can mean any number of roles, but they do have plenty in common as well.
Pro Tip: You can become a qualified tradie and receive your formal qualification without classroom study via RPL if you have a couple years on the job experience.
We recently met Jimmy McDougal from western Sydney who explained why he changed careers from managing Google Ads for Home Inspectors to becoming a tradie.
There are a lot of reasons Aussies choose to explore a career in trade, here are the most common reasons why:
As one of the most in-demand services in Australia, Tradies are among the top when it comes to in demand and most sought after jobs. For example, did you know that tradies such as arborists Brisbane and Building Inspectors Perth are the most in demand trades in the country? There is no and will never be a shortage of the handyman repair, house-building, landscape contracting and plumbing jobs, to name a few. To say that the Tradie will be needed all day, everyday is no exaggeration. The trade career pathway for those young people considering their future prospects is bright and promising.
A university bachelor’s degree for an office job will typically take three years to finish, then there is the option for further study for honors, masters and doctorates. All of these comes at a cost, and the average student debt in Australia is currently estimated to be approximately $20,000, give or take, add to this the sleepless nights of endless studying
needed to accomplish a degree – equals stress and a considerably lighter bank account. A tradie will not spent nearly so long studying (anywhere from 6 months to two years usually), often learning the majority of his or her skills on the job and avoiding large debts in the process, depending on his or her experience, expertise and practical knowledge.
Once a Tradie masters his or her trade, gets that qualification, he/she can essentially pick their own projects and be their own boss. Many tradespeople end up working for themselves and building a business as the opportunity and potential to have full control of their work and careers are up for grabs and a thoroughly gratifying prospect.
A Tradie can hold office practically anywhere. For a Tradie, the office is much more exciting and free than that boxed-in cubicle at a building square. You get to spend days outside, working on different sites, stand up and move around, doing the things you love - rather than stay seated all day, and interact with people.
In terms of salary, your income as a Tradie is not limited to the hours a day spent at work. With the proper trade qualification, the more you learn, the more skills you develop, the higher you can earn. Getting a license, for a specific trade, be it a plumber, electrician, etc, increases your ability to earn as well. With your license, you can be self-employed, start your own company and employ other skilled tradespeople to work for you, increasing your income greatly.
As a tradie develops his/her skills and earn their qualifications, the doors (and windows) to different opportunities open up. They are free to travel to other cities, especially with a nationally recognized qualification under their [tool] belts. No matter where they go, there will always be a need for skilled workers in their trades and professions.
You can literally set up shop anywhere.
When you talk to tradespeople, one of the things they all talk about is the
real sense of satisfaction they get from finishing a job. It’s not uncommon to drive around an area or a neighborhood and see the sites you’ve had a hand at creating, infrastructures you helped build and pieces you’ve crafted. It could be a house, landscaping, a business, an item of machinery or something else – you know you’ve done a good job and have others appreciate and enjoy.