9. Railroad Work

 A Reborn Job! 150 Years ago, railroads were the US Economy.  Even by the 1930s, railroads were so powerful that railroad workers were allowed to have their own version of Social Security, which survives to this day.  After WWII, however, the industry began to decline.  The Interstate Highway System madcialle trucks real competition, especially for

8. HVAC Tech

Want People to Love to See You Arrive? Have you ever had your furnace or central air go out on you?  If you have then you know the feeling.  If not then wait until the hottest or coldest day of the year, then turn it off.  Then leave it off all day.  Trust me, it

7. Casino Dealer

A Misunderstood BPB Job Taking a look at the job of casino dealer, you might wonder why it is on this list.  You do stand in one place and do repetitive motions over and over.  It is loud and smokey.  It is lower skill.  The shifts can change at will.  That is the bad.  It

6. Pest Control

Killing Bugs as a Career This is an unusual one for me to put here as it is my old business.  If you are going to do well, you need to follow the advice I give here.  You can do  decent, and some people do fairly well.  You will not be making the big bucks

5. IT Certifications

A Very Brief History of “Working With Computers” From their invention in the 1950s to today, there has always been the refrain, “You should ‘work with computers!.’”  Pre-1981, computers were the size of a piece of furniture to a room.  Most software was proprietary, meaning your employer trained you on it.  Often, programmers had to


United States Postal Service I thought a lot about if I should put this job in the list.  I have known people who like and totally hate working there.  A government agency, it puts you around people who do not at all fit the BPB lifestyle.  With all that, there are reasons to consider here. 

3. Electrician

The Modern World Would Not Exist Without Electricity We use electricity constantly.  Most people are afraid to touch it.  For the most part, it is not the hardest thing to do.  It does take some basic training to get up and started.  It takes a few years of training to do the more complex things

2. Welding

A “Hot” Job Along with Trucking, Welding is one of those jobs you seem to see first whenever there is a news piece on blue collar jobs with a shortage of workers.  It is one of those jobs that can be just fascinating to watch.  (You should, BTW, never stare too closely at a welder

1. Trucking

A Misunderstood Profession The Trucking Industry is viewed many ways by the general public.  Some find the trucker a not too bright individual who took one of the only jobs they could get.  Others think it is some kind of adventure.  Still others just see the truck they are stuck behind and wish everything was