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As Gen Z opts out of blue-collar work in America, expert shares benefits of learning a trade

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As members of Gen Z enter the workforce, fewer and fewer Americans are taking up essential trade work.

Applications for technical jobs have dropped nearly 50% from 2020 to 2022, according to NPR.

Ken Rusk, former construction worker and the author of the book “Blue Collar Cash,” joined “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday to discuss declining the interest in trade jobs.

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Rusk explained that not only are shop classes disappearing from high schools — where some kids discover a knack for working with their hands — but college prep schools are trending as well.

“So, if you think you might want to do that [trade] job, you’re walking down the hallway and all you hear is ‘college prep,’” said Rusk. 

“And you’re thinking, ‘Wow, do I not fit in here?’”

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For young people who are trying to figure out what they “want their life to look like,” Rusk said that college is only one path for them to choose, among many other options.

And when it comes to finding a way to make money, the author noted that trade jobs are known to pay well.

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