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This article is about the "skilled manual worker" meaning of the term. For other uses, see Tradesperson (disambiguation).
Carpenter at work with a brace in Tennessee, June 1942

A tradesman or skilled tradesman is a manual worker in a particular trade or craft requiring skill (i.e., the "skilled trades"). Tradesmen are contrasted with unskilled workers (laborers), agricultural workers, and professionals (those in the learned professions).[1]

List of skilled trades[edit]

There is no standard list of types of trade, as definitions vary, with some lists being broader than others.[2]

A June 2013 report by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, however, generated the following list of trades (divided into industrial, construction, and service skilled trades), along with their Standard Occupational Classification System code:[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitney, William D., ed.. "Trade." Def, 7. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language vol. 8. New York. The Century Co. 1895. 6,415. Print.
  2. ^ a b Employment and Occupations in the Skilled Trades in Michigan, Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives (June 2013).

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