Blue Collar Job Skills

Find the Skills Needed for Blue Collar Jobs

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Jobs known as "blue collar" jobs are typically hourly positions which involve physical labor. Some blue collar jobs require skilled labor, while others are unskilled positions with minimal job requirements.

Acquiring Blue Collar Job Skills

Blue collar jobs don't require a four-year college degree. However, employment requirements for some highly skilled positions include formal training programs and apprenticeships.

If you are applying for a job and you have received skill training, apprenticeship, certification, or licensure, be sure to list it on your resume or online application and mention it in interviews.

If you haven't been formally employed in a blue collar job, you may have acquired the needed skills through a hobby, volunteer job, sports participation, home, and auto repair. Don't limit yourself to listing skills you were paid to have, include those you developed at home, church, or in pursuing your interests.

Even if a job doesn't require many skills, it's important to let employers know that you have the qualifications they seek when completing job applications and interviewing. Review the job posting in detail and match your experience and talents with the skills it requires.

Blue Collar Job Skills Lists

Review this list of in-demand blue collar skills for a variety of occupations in manufacturing, building trades, construction, and other sectors.

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General Skills for Blue Collar Workers

It can be helpful to make your own skill inventory by reflecting on past jobs (paid and unpaid) and life experience. You can go through these questions or ask them ​about each job on your resume.

  • What machines have you operated?
  • What tools have you used?
  • What computerized equipment have you used?
  • What programs or apps have you used?
  • What machines and electronics have you repaired?
  • What machines and electronics have you maintained?
  • What safety equipment and procedures did you use on the job?
  • What quality control steps did you use on the job?
  • What problems did you solve on the job?
  • Did you work outdoors?
  • What kind of weather conditions and temperatures did you work in?
  • Did you work in a shop or factory setting?
  • Did you work in client homes or client businesses?
  • Did you use hand-eye coordination?
  • Did you use balance?
  • What sort of loads did you need to lift, move, or carry? Did you use any equipment to do so?
  • Did interact with customers or clients on the job?
  • Did you work as an individual or part of a team?
  • Did you manage or supervise other workers, interns or apprentices?

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