The building and construction industry continues to be one of the biggest and fastest-growing sectors in Australia. It employs around 1.2 million people and generates more than $360 billion in revenue. If you are considering becoming a tradie in 2022, here are 5 reasons to make the jump.
1. Tradies are in high demand
Australians have saved a huge amount of money during the pandemic, as lockdowns and border closures wreaked havoc on travel and entertainment plans. Research from Hipages, an online services company, found 83% of Australians saved an average of $1183 a month during lockdowns, and many people are starting to tip their money into home renovations. Tradies will be in demand in a range of roles such as carpentry, plumbing, plastering, and building.
2. It can be a lucrative career
Working as a tradie not only affords good job security, but it can also be a lucrative career. A survey by ServiceSeeking.com found more than 25% of Australian tradies earned more than $100,000 a year. If you aspire to become a licensed builder and work for yourself, you could potentially charge up to $150/hour for your work, according to service.com.
3. Be your own boss
If you are interested in having the freedom to work for yourself, becoming a tradie can give you that opportunity. For example, in Queensland close to 99% of construction businesses are either people working as sole traders (60%) or small businesses with 1-19 employees (39%).
Source: Construction Skills Queensland
Overall, there are close to 410,000 construction businesses across Australia, with the majority either sole traders or small businesses.
4. Strong sense of job satisfaction
Working as a tradie can offer you a great sense of job satisfaction. A recent study of construction workers found 65% rated their job satisfaction between 8 and 10 on a scale of 1-10, and the average score for the group was 7.9.
A similar study also found 56% of tradies loved their job, compared to just 37% across other industries. Tradies listed interacting with customers, learning something new, working outdoors, job variety, and seeing visible accomplishments as some of the reasons they loved their work.
5. You can get qualified fast
One of the best reasons to become a tradie is you can do it quickly. Whereas studying a degree can take upwards of three years, completing an online building and construction course may take less time.
The Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) CPC40120 is the perfect course for someone looking to grow their practical building skills and knowledge, and completing it can help you meet the technical requirements to apply for a builders licence* in most state and territories in Australia.
If you want to launch your career as a tradie in 2022, fill out the form below to speak to one of our Education Consultants who can find the right course for you.
*Please refer to your local building authority for details regarding builders licence applications
Sources: National Skills Commission, news.com, Service.com, Construction Skills Queensland, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Newswire, Insight DIY