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National Skilled Trades Day
WedMay 7

National Skilled Trades Day – May 7, 2025

National Skilled Trades Day is observed annually on the first Wednesday in May. It was established in 2019 by City Machine Technologies in Youngstown, Ohio, to raise awareness about the value of the skilled trades workforce in the United States and honor skilled trades workers.

History of National Skilled Trades Day

National Skilled Trades Day was created by City Machine Technologies, Inc. to raise awareness about the skilled trades deficit in the United States. It’s also a day to honor essential workers who work as skilled craftsmen.

City Machine Technologies, a family-owned and run repair shop in Ohio, has faced a labor shortage and is worried about the future of their company and others in the manufacturing industry. So rather than waiting for the culture to adapt, City Machine Technologies opted to create change by raising awareness and promoting the skilled trades through promotional events such as National Skilled Trades Day.

The skilled trades group is responsible for keeping the country intact. These are the individuals we call to repair our cars, put in new toilets, construct our homes, collect our blood, and ensure the health of our pets. As a result, honor those who work in skilled trades on the first Wednesday in May.

Many firms across the country are looking for highly qualified people to fill a variety of trades in the healthcare, construction, manufacturing, and service industries. Anyone can learn a variety of vocations ranging from mechanical and construction to medical and cosmetic services.

Whether you want to be a chef or a plumber, work as a medical coder, or help people as an E.M.T., a nursing assistant, or vet tech, there are many options accessible.

There are also more jobs available than there are workers. As a result, National Skilled Trades Day is crucial both now and in the future. The need for skilled individuals increases as the baby boomers retire quicker than employers can fill vacant positions. Considering the high cost of a college education, which makes it unaffordable for many people, a skilled trade becomes the best alternative.

National Skilled Trades Day timeline

1865 - 1900
Skilled Labor Gains Traction

Craft unions in the northern United States act as a trigger for developing strong cooperation to favor skilled labor during the Gilded Age.

1901 - 1925
The Socialist Party’s Rise and Fall

The rise and decline of the Socialist Party of America, which relies on skilled workers, occurs during this period.

Skilled Machinists Get a Pay Rise

In the United States, the average monthly wage for a skilled machinist increases to $3,000 - $4,000 a month.

First Skilled Trades Day Celebration

The first National Skilled Trades Day celebration takes place on May 1.

National Skilled Trades Day FAQs

What is the most difficult skilled trade to master?

Roofing is believed to be the most physically challenging construction skill, according to a recent survey of contractors and users, while electrical work appears to be the hardest to learn.

Is it worthwhile to pursue a skilled trade?

Work in the trades pays well. Despite concerns, the investment is always worthwhile because it increases lifelong earning potential.

What trades require the least physical effort?

According to popular opinion, plumbers and electricians have the least physically demanding jobs of all the skilled trades.

How to Celebrate National Skilled Trades Day

  1. Raise awareness

    Share information on the demand for qualified tradespeople and the advantages of studying a craft. Skilled trades is one of the finest college alternatives out there.

  2. Drive community support

    Urge students and their parents to seek community assistance if they are pursuing a career in skilled crafts. Let them know how valuable the advantages are, and inspire pride in individuals who choose to work in the skilled crafts.

  3. Give discounts to tradespeople

    Consider offering a discount to people who come in uniform on National Skilled Trades Day if you manage a store or restaurant. If you encounter someone dressed in a uniform, thank them for their service.

5 Important Facts About Working Life

  1. Fri-yay

    Fridays are the days when people are least likely to get sick; they’re generally happier and likely to complete their tasks.

  2. Racking up the hours

    Working a weekly average of 40 hours for 65 years will amount to about 90,000 hours.

  3. Buried

    After filing, the likelihood of an item being reopened is about 2%.

  4. World domination

    McDonald’s has about 1.7 million workers worldwide.

  5. Bare minimum

    The Netherlands was the first industrialized nation to reduce work-week hours to less than 30 hours in the mid-2000s.

Why We Love National Skilled Trades Day

  1. Rewarding career path

    A job in skilled crafts can provide you with fantastic compensation, perks, healthcare, and more. It's a fantastic alternative to going to college. While many universities take four years of study or more, trade school programs can typically be completed in as little as two years.

  2. Jacks of all trades

    Skilled tradespeople contribute to the smooth operation of our society. They transport people and goods, maintain emergency vehicles in the event of a disaster, and make sure that structures stand the test of time.

  3. Valuable services

    Technicians, machinists, and other tradespeople will always be needed in our society, and these jobs demand highly technical, practical learning skills that are difficult to outsource.

National Skilled Trades Day dates

2022May 4Wednesday
2023May 3Wednesday
2024May 1Wednesday
2025May 7Wednesday
2026May 6Wednesday

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