America has an employment problem. And if you’re looking for work, or if you’re looking to change careers, it’s a great problem to have: There just aren’t enough workers for the many high-paying, family-wage jobs in the trades that exist here in Whatcom County and throughout the country.

Since we at Custom Concrete Contracting work in the trades, and since we’re hiring, now seems like a great time to explain why jobs in the trades — for specialists like carpenters, welders, machine operators and concrete finishers — can be the perfect fit.

With that in mind, here are four simple benefits afforded by careers in the trades:

Good pay: Truly, the trades can be a career. The trades offer family-wage pay with opportunities for advancement. At Custom Concrete Contracting, workers can go from making $30,000 a year to $60,000 in just four years. We have a system set up here that guides workers through the proper training so that they can advance in their skills and earn more money over time. Plus, qualified team members also have access to medical and dental insurance!

Get started right away: Whether you’re right out of high school or just laid off from another job, you can get started immediately in trade work. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars and four years of your life at college for the hope of maybe finding work. One of our main goals at Custom Concrete is to ensure that each of our workers has the tools they need to succeed in this business. Our commitment to employees is to train them as they go, so they can get started right away and learn on the job as they improve their skills.

Build something that lasts: Here’s another cool thing about the trades: You’re often building something that you can step back and admire. Years down the road, we still pass by some previous concrete jobs and smile at the improvements we’ve helped make in our community. We’re proud of the work we do at Custom Concrete throughout Whatcom and Skagit counties.

Future opportunities: Want to become an architect, engineer or project manager someday? The best ones have hands-on experience in the trades that they can draw on in their work. Plus, concrete work is something you can do while you go to college.

Team camaraderie: There’s something special about the bond that’s forged when you work, day in and day out, with a handful of other talented and hardworking people. We’re big on team culture here at Custom Concrete: We support each other, listen to each other, have fun with each other and hold each other accountable for high-quality work. Each and every one of us is proud of the work we do, and we’re also proud of the whole team.

If you’re looking for a career, whether you’ve just graduated from high school or have been working for decades, give Custom Concrete a call. The U.S. needs more tradespeople, and we’re hiring! Learn more at