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Top Careers For People Who Like Using Their Hands

Not everybody can be a lawyer or a doctor. Some people are skilled with their hands. They’re not stupid. They’re just smart in a different way. You’d be surprised at their knowledge retention too.

Sometimes people look down on others who use their handiwork for a career. This has subtly led to something of an exodus from physical work. It’s time to shed the stigma and take a look at what your hands can offer.


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Yeah, that’s right. People can still make things. It isn’t all done by robots just yet. If you are a manufacturer in a plant of a tailor in a factory, you cannot make much of a living in those conditions.

There is a reason everything is made in China and India. Cheap but skilled labor. Working for hours on end, to perfection. Any product manufacturing jobs you find domestically may not pay very well at all.

Some manufacturing will still pay enough to live on. Container and mechanical manufacturing still  exist in some form domestically. While these are skilled jobs that require training, they are physical and require good use of your hands.

If you are talented at crafts and creating clothes, there is an opportunity to become self-employed. With the internet offering an accessible personal storefront to be set up, you can sell your creations online to interested parties.

There may be some initial cost of materials and machines though. If you have some already, you only have to concern yourself with repairs and replacement stock. You do have to account for packaging and shipping costs though.

Of course, there’s always construction.


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Things break, and they always need fixing. Working in repairs requires an innate ability to retain information. You must also specialise in an area. While people who do repair for a living can fix a range of materials, sticking to one area means you have to spend less time learning.

Car mechanics are the most common form of repairs work going out there. It’s dirty and hard work, but you can succeed well if you join the right garage.

The career path for mechanics usually involves spending some years working under someone else.  After that, they end up going their own way to be self-employed.

Appliance repair is a somewhat unconventional option in the repairs business. Some people would opt to replace rather than repair when appliances are involved.

It tends to depend on the cost of the appliance. The more expensive they are, the more liable someone will be to looking for a cheap repair job.

Working in that type of repairs means you have to have a broad range of knowledge about appliances. This means knowing the principle of how they work. Looking at the manual or mechanical diagrams of the appliance should help.

Television and sound system repair is also a choice. As is computer repair. They are slightly more technology-based rather than mechanical. They may also involve having at least a basic knowledge of the software.


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Loosely associated with manufacturing. Design is a wide tent of physical work. From illustration and other forms of art, to the practical application of skills.

Interior decorating can range from anything like painting walls and ceilings to laying floors. Usually you will really only have to specialise in one area.

Some decorating firms will run as crews who are skilled in all areas so they are interchangeable. This is all based on the employer though. The career path is similar to being a mechanic.

Woodworking is something that could come under both design and manufacturing. Creating bespoke wooden fittings for a home or business is something you can do if you show aptitude for woodwork.

It does require a place to work though. This would mean a workshop of some kind. You would either have to outfit a space out of your pocket or have access to a workshop through some other means.


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While in some cases technology based, there is still room for physical workers in the entertainment industry. Set construction for example.

Set construction for films or television incorporates elements of both design and manufacturing. Depending on your level of employment or specific job, you will be tasked with either creating and fitting, or designing a set technically.

Makeup and effects artists have always had work in the entertainment industry. Both traditional makeup and special effects makeup have always utilised the hand-based skills that come with art.

Even if you do not have a specific vocation, labor is always required for moving sets and equipment. While not particularly involved, grip work is a form of cargo transfer. It requires a strong body though.


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There is a meeting point between technical skills and physical skills. They combine the knowledge of technology with the physical ability to use equipment.

About sound and visual technologies, they require physical components. The operation of these physical elements is vital.

How will a band play a concert if a sound technician has not hooked the equipment up and tested it? How will a film be recorded if nobody knows how to use the camera?

Knowing how to do this does require training. It also requires some trial and error with equipment for the best possible learning experience.


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If all else fails, there’s music. Most instruments involve your hands. If you have good control of them and aren’t tone deaf, there’s a chance you could learn to play an instrument professionally.

The many shapes and sizes of musical instruments means music can accommodate a lot of people. Be warned, it can take years to learn an instrument to professional level.

Being passionate about music helps too. Don’t let yourself play music just because you have run out of options. You’ve got to want it. You’ve got to love it.

While work is moving further and further towards services and technology-based knowledge, there’s still room for people good with their hands. All you need to do is find what is right for you.


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