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The title of Tradesperson can describe a number of different positions. It can mean a Blacksmith or a Chef, a Hairdresser or a Roofer, to name just a few. In other words, you’re a Tradesperson if your job involves working with your hands. You do manual labor, but you have skills that help you earn more money than a basic Laborer.
This position is in between white-collar and blue-collar. While a white-collar worker is paid for their knowledge (think Doctor or Lawyer), and a blue-collar worker is paid for their work, you have a specialized skill or knowledge that you express by working with your hands.
The term “Tradesperson” originated back when guilds were common. It was the title a worker got after spending time learning their craft as an apprentice. Today, you become a Tradesperson through a different route—by combining some schooling with on-the-job training. Taking classes at a community college or trade school to earn a certificate, and doing a hands-on apprenticeship or internship at the same time, will qualify you as a Tradesperson.
Since there are so many different jobs that you can hold under this title, it’s difficult to describe a Tradesperson’s typical workday. You might wire homes as an Electrician, fix cars as an Auto Mechanic, join pieces of steel together as a Welder, or create wild designs as a Jeweler . The kinds of tools used by a Tradesperson vary widely, but no matter what they are, you have a very specialized knowledge of them because they are your everyday work companions.