Mike Rowe Has Encouraging Words for Future Skilled Workers

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It’s hard to find good news because outlets find that boring. They can’t get a rise out of making the country happy. 

Mike Rowe doesn’t care; he provided us with that last night. The Dirty Jobs: Rowe’d Trip host joined Tucker Carlson Tonight to encourage Americans that there are growing opportunities in skilled labor industries.

Rowe’s foundation, MikeRoweWORKS, provides workers with the resources and funding they need to develop a skill set in an industry of their choice. Rowe has previously said that he’s had difficulties unloading a million dollars due to the lack of interest in going into skilled-labor fields.

“If you have a skill that’s in demand, you are going to be in demand like never before,” Rowe explained with employers having to adapt to the pandemic. “I’ve never been more certain of that than I am right now.”

“I’ve been pushing this boulder up the hill for a long time and I’m seeing some things I haven’t seen before,” he added, “[like] reinvigoration, and enthusiasm around the basics of simply learning a skill that’s absolutely in demand … being essential, in other words.”

Tucker Carlson agreed that while these jobs are not prestigious, they are essential. And workers can make real money by mastering them.

“If you are a welder with a work ethic, you will be among the dozens of people making six figures,” Rowe explained.

High school graduates are told they must go to college, a good college, and get into private equity. That path can be satisfying and lucrative — if you can get it and there are openings. Additionally, if you are prepared to go into years of student loan debt.

“I’ve been talking a lot about $1.5 trillion in student loans on the books and the very real fact that that’s a millstone around the next hundreds of thousands of kids,” Rowe said. “People are getting that message, but they’re also now seeing that there is a difference between skills that are in demand and education that is not.”

Rowe is right. And he’s not saying that this route is better than going to college. They can both be great. One is not good, one is not bad. They are both essential, despite the common belief.

Near the end of the segment, Rowe ensured Carlson that the workers he is with are, indeed, happy with their decisions.

There’s a place for everyone, and job fields for every skill.


Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest topics in media, culture, sports, and politics..

Burack has become a prominent voice in media and has been featured on several shows across OutKick and industry related podcasts and radio stations.


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