You don’t have to convince Dirty Jobs star Mike Rowe about how important trade jobs are. After all, he has spent more than 10 years doing some of those jobs on television.
It goes without saying, but most people recognize Mike Rowe for his work on the Discovery Channel show, Dirty Jobs. In it, Rowe follows in the footsteps of our nation’s workers who are called upon to do some of the most undesirable jobs. He also starred in the CNN series Somebody’s Gotta Do It, which has a similar premise.
But Mike Rowe’s voice and impact go far beyond television. One of the coolest things he does comes in the form of a series on Facebook called Returning the Favor. In that series, he finds people doing good deeds and goes out of his way to do something good for them. He also hosts his own podcast called The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, Rowe has also narrated programs for the Discovery Channel, The Science Channel, and National Geographic. You might recognize his voice in things like Deadliest Catch, How the Universe Works, and Shark Week. And in the past, the Dirty Jobs star also made some commercial appearances for the Ford Motor Company.
As you can tell, Mike Rowe is a man who’s been around the block a time or two. He has seen first-handed just how important some of America’s trades are. As a result, he believes that more and more young people need to get involved. He explained as much to Plough’s Susannah Black back in 2019.
“Mastering a trade gives you a sense of competency, confidence, and completion,” he said. “Something positive happens when you get good at doing work that has a beginning and an end.”
‘Dirty Jobs’ Star Talks About the Benefit of ‘Constant Feedback’
We live in a time where so many of our young people feel pressured to go to college. But Mike Rowe believes that college is overvalued by a lot of us. Instead, we need to help promote the importance of practical jobs that help keep us going forward day after day.
So, what makes a trades job lucrative? Well, for one, job security. The trades provide essential services for us Americans and there will always be a need for those jobs. Secondly, they also offer a stable income. In many instances,
The Dirty Jobs star also explained another benefit of a trade job — having constant feedback.
“I always knew how I was doing on Dirty Jobs, because all I had to do was look to see my progress,” Rowe said. “People who never go into a trade don’t experience the benefit of constant feedback — of always knowing how you’re doing.”