While one of the biggest decisions in the second half of high school is deciding whether to pursue a college degree or go into a trade, it is important to remember that there are several undervalued professions that society needs in order to function properly. This article intends to highlight several notable trades and non-academic careers to ensure that people have a better understanding of what they can do to make a living.

Electricians

This is a profession that will always be in demand, from solving simple issues like a short in your home's wiring to ensuring that entire electrical grids are properly maintained and planned in order to keep homes and businesses operating without a hiccup. Without electricians, most aspects of life in a modern country would degrade.

Mail Couriers

These individuals are tasked with ensuring that you receive all of your correspondence, your packages, and even your bills. Most mail couriers also enjoy some level of benefits from the federal government, adding to the appeal of the job. Without mail couriers, it would be significantly more difficult to ensure that packages would arrive on time, if at all.

Roofing Construction/Repairmen

One of most common phrases when it comes to people expressing their good fortune is that they have a roof over their head; no one ever gives thanks for having a leaky roof. Roofers fix anything from the metal ridge roof vents on your roof to complete asphalt shingle roofs, terracotta roof tiles and more. While roofing is a physically-draining career, it gives you the chance to work out in the open and occasionally affords you the opportunity of having an excellent view of the area you happen to be working in that day.

Sanitation Workers and Plumbers

This particular profession has the dubious honor of being the most unpleasant yet most important role in any developed civilization. Between the packaging of foods and goods, skins of fruit, bags of raked leaves and all other manner of disgusting and inert castoffs, humans produce a lot of waste. Sanitation workers are the people who ensure that nobody's waste pile develops to the point that it becomes a serious health hazard. Without sanitation workers, trash would continue to pile up, attracting all manner of pests and generating a pervasive stench that would be unbearable. Anyone looking to take up this necessary profession had best set aside some of their paychecks for high-powered soap.

Plumbers have some overlap with sanitation workers in that they know how pipes, the vessels that direct human waste products and water, work. Without plumbers, you would be on your own if your plumbing backed up with sewage. Without plumbers, you would never know when your old home's plumbing would desperately need replacing and thus avoiding mold-inducing leaks.

Farmers

Farming is among the earliest professions of the human race, to the point that the Bible has a passage describing how only those who labor earn the right to eat; farmers take this message a step more and work directly to provide food for others. There is a great deal of variety to farming, with some people focusing on livestock and others on various vegetables and grains. A successful farmer is aware of the local market, what his farm is suitable for and pays attention to how weather and the seasons will help or harm his paycheck and livelihood. Without suitably-worked agriculture, a country has to resort to importing food crops.

As you can see, there are many excellent, well-paying careers that do not necessarily demand spending two, four or even eight years in the halls of higher education. When considering your professional life path, strongly consider these choices.