Physical and Non-Physical Trades

Physical and Non-Physical Trades

by Teodora Pasca
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The typical image of a career in the trades usually involves lots of physical activity and getting your hands dirty. However, if you’re considering a career in the trades, it’s important to note that not all trades fit this prototype. Though some trades are more physically demanding than others, it is certainly feasible to get involved with a career in the trades in a slightly different work environment.

Here is a list of typically “physical” trades. These trades involve tasks such as operating machinery, performing assembly or repairs, or working outdoors.

These trades are often found within sectors such as construction or industry:

• Masons
• Welders
• Carpenters
• Plumbers
• Electricians
• Roofers
• Floor and drywall technicians
• Blacksmiths
• Painters
• Automotive service technicians
• Railway technicians
• Hazardous materials workers

Here is a list of typically “non-physical” trades. Though these trades certainly incorporate hands-on activity into their work environments, they are not as physically demanding.

These trades are often found within the services sector:

• Hair stylists and make-up artists
• Cooks and bakers
• Horticultural technicians
• Tailors and clothing artisans
• Gem-setters, goldsmiths, and jewelry-makers
• Micro-electronics manufacturers
• Draft-spersons
• Locksmiths
• Developmental services workers
• Early childhood education workers
• Information technology technicians
• Safety Inspectors
• Construction Office Administrators and Managers



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