Spotlight on Careers in Construction

Did you know that it takes an average of 22 different trade contractors to build a home?

October is Careers in Construction month and it’s a perfect time to recognize the contributions of all professionals working in residential construction as well as highlight the rewarding careers available in the industry. The residential construction industry offers great career opportunities, including carpentry, electrical, painting, masonry, plumbing and HVAC.

Check out this VIDEO prepared by the National Association of Home Builders to learn more!

Home builders rely on a number of highly trained workers to get the job done right. This includes dozens of skilled artisans and professionals, including carpenters, designers, engineers, plumbers, electricians, painters and landscapers. Analysis from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows that 70% of builders typically use somewhere between 11 and 30 trade contractors to build a single-family home. 

As the housing market continues to strengthen, home builders across the country and here in the Triad are seeking skilled workers – such as carpenters, framers and roofers – to help them build the American Dream. In fact, according to NAHB analysis of the federal government’s latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) rose to 214,000 in July. 

This means there is ample opportunity for motivated students seeking a rewarding career path. Residential construction workers consistently express high job satisfaction. And average salaries remain competitive with other industries in our area.

At a time when countless college graduates are finding they are underemployed and saddled with crushing student debt, it is time for parents, educators, guidance counselors and policymakers to reexamine the widely held belief that a college degree represents the only road to success.

Given the current demand and shortage of skilled workers in the residential construction industry, there are numerous job opportunities with good starting salaries as well as on-the-job training. Click here to learn more about careers in the construction trades, including national average wages along with projected growth between now and 2026.

The building trades offer a great career path. The residential construction industry is one of the few sectors where demand for new workers is rising.  This demand also creates numerous opportunities for entrepreneurial success within the construction industry and trades.

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