Skilled To Work: What is a 'Skilled Worker'?

There's a need in today's job market for skilled workers to help keep the economy going. So, you might be asking, 'What is a skilled worker?'

Posted: Apr 8, 2019 12:11 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - There's a need in today's job market for skilled workers to help keep the economy going. So, you might be asking, 'What is a skilled worker'? We explore in the first installment of our new segment, Skilled To Work.

Ivy Tech is one of many schools that's training the next generation of employees. Bob Parker is the department chair for Advanced Automation and Robotic Technology and the Industrial Technology program. Parker says companies need skilled workers.

"The need right now is to keep manufacturing and production running," said Parker.  "I mean, companies have a lot of sophisticated equipment out there and they need skilled technicians to be able to keep it up and running."

Parker says what their teaching covers many different fields and all you really need is a passion.

"So they could be a designer. They could be designing homes. Or they could be designing electrical prints or they could be designing multi-million dollar machines that are going to produce some type of manufactured item. Or it's medical devices or televisions, radios. I mean, you can think of everything we enjoy today is being manufactured in some way shape or form."

Parker says the landscape of manufacturing and production has changed over the years. He adds that the available jobs pay quite nicely.

"They are just a high paying job that can earn you every bit of as much or even more than a four year degree. So a good high-paying electrical type of position is going to be really equivalent to some of the bachelor's jobs that are out there. These are $30 an hour jobs. Some of them entry level. $60,000; $80,000; $90,000 is not out of the question for some of these career fields.

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