Skilled Trade Jobs That are in Demand in Virginia for 2017

Why a Skills-Based Education Could Give You the Career You’re Looking For

Why do most people go to college? Nine times out of ten, the answer is probably “to make more money.” Fair enough, but what kind of college? Does it have to involve ivy-covered buildings? What kind of degree? There are plenty of them out there…many of which promise to make you “well-rounded.”

The fact is, there are jobs throughout Virginia right now that are not being filled, but require very specific skills. Yes, many do require a four-year degree…we’re talking about engineers and such. But there is another career path you may want to consider. Research produced by the National Skills Coalition reveals:

  • Demand for Middle-Skills Jobs is Strong – 49% of all jobs are middle skill
  • Demand Will Remain Strong – 45% of new job openings will be middle skill
  • A Middle Skills Gap – while middle skills jobs account for 49% of Virginia’s labor market, only 39% of the state’s workers are trained at the middle skill level

So, what exactly is a middle skills job? Typically, they require education beyond high school, but not a four-year degree. The National Skills Coalition is a broad-based organization working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper. They want everyone to open their eyes to the opportunity that sits right before them.

Skilled Trade Jobs That are in Demand in Virginia for 2017

A simple search of skilled trade positions on, a popular job search website, shows a great need for those with special skills. With 102 jobs available in February 2017 in Virginia Beach alone, it’s obvious people able to perform these jobs are in high demand.

Got your attention? If so, consider the career paths you can pursue by attending a school like Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) where you can study:

  • Automotive Technology: enjoy classroom and laboratory training using modern test equipment and specialized tools – gain hands-on experience in a realistic shop environment
  • HVAC/Refrigeration: gain practical knowledge and experience in the classroom and shop using modern test equipment and tools used in the HVAC industry
  • Heavy Vehicle Technology: gain diesel repair training in a hands-on environment where you have the opportunity to work on engines ranging from 400 to 12,000 pounds
  • Maritime Welding Technology: receive core training in the practical aspects of structural and pipe welding
  • Commercial Driving: road and classroom training offered in 8 weeks programs

ATI also offers service management programs associated with these industries which can allow you to develop the business skills needed to ascend into management or start your own business. What’s more, we offer an accelerated, year-round schedule which means you can finish school much faster. In fact, you can earn your Associate in Occupational Science (A.O.S.) degree in as little as 1.5 years (except for commercial driving which – as noted – is an 8-week diploma program).

ATI offers comprehensive student services which means your advisors are dedicated to helping you identify resources to help pay for your education, and career assistance so you can find a job once you graduate. Did we mention that ATI is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia?  That means when you’re not studying, you can enjoy all that our beautiful resort city has to offer!

Want to learn more? Take a moment and connect with one our helpful admissions advisors today. They will be happy to answer all your questions.