Careers to consider

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Carpenters need manual dexterity, good eye-hand coordination, physical fitness and a good sense of balance. The ability to solve mathematical problems quickly and accurately also is required. Carpenters can learn their craft while making good money through on-the-job training.

HVAC Technician

Good hand-eye coordination, physical dexterity, mechanical and mathematical aptitude. HVAC technicians work with motors, compressors, pumps, fans, thermostats and computerized switches control systems in residential, commercial and industrial structures. 


Plumbers do much more than fix sinks and toilets in residential homes. They design and install piping systems that distribute water and remove waste from buildings and connect heating and cooling systems. Plumbers have to be knowledgeable in water distribution, blueprint reading, local ordinances and regulations, mathematics, mechanical drawing, physics, welding and soldering.


  Good manual dexterity, vision, and color sense, as well as physical stamina and balance. This career path ranges from industrial spray painters who apply coatings to prevent deterioration to decorative artisans who create faux finishes.


Strong work ethic, dependability, and basic math skills. Brickmasons, blockmasons and stonemasons use bricks, concrete blocks and natural stones to build attractive, durable surfaces and structures.


Manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, physical fitness, and a good sense of balance. Electricians also need good color vision in order to recognize electrical wires by color.