Career opportunities in the construction industry

Workforce recovery planning predicts job growth

PSRC recently completed a Workforce Recovery Planning Project to provide actionable regional labor market information on in-demand industries and occupations as well as related training programs to a broad array of stakeholders.

The region’s construction industry was identified as showing a high demand for workers over the next decade, offering growing career opportunities with strong wages for workers.

The construction industry is experiencing high demand in both residential and commercial construction in the region. The increase in construction activity has created a corresponding increase in the demand for workers across many occupations within the construction industry. Recent infrastructure investments at the national, state, and regional levels are also increasing demand for workers in this industry.

Occupations within the construction industry that offer the strongest opportunities are carpenters, construction managers and construction laborers. A detailed profile was developed for each occupation that highlights the job outlook, expected work schedule, skills and licenses required, salary information, general job tasks, education and training required, as well as local opportunities for training. These profiles were designed to inform job seekers about these opportunities and provide detailed information on how to pursue them.

Opportunity occupations in the growing construction industry:

  • Carpenter: construct, repair, and install building frameworks and structures made from wood and other materials. Carpenter work includes insulating office buildings, installation of drywall or kitchen cabinets in homes, constructing buildings or bridges, and erecting and scaffolding for buildings.
  • Construction Manager: plan, coordinate, and supervise construction projects from start to finish. Construction managers, often called general contractors or project managers, coordinate and supervise a variety of projects, including building public, residential, commercial, and industrial structures as well as roads and bridges. A construction manager may also consult with clients during the design phase to help refine construction plans and control costs.
  • Construction Laborer: perform many tasks that require physical labor on construction sites. Construction laborers and helpers work on almost all construction sites, performing a wide range of tasks varying in complexity from very easy to extremely difficult and hazardous.

The Workforce Recovery Planning Project was informed by stakeholder interviews held across industry groups, community and technical colleges, workforce development councils and worker advocate/labor unions.  The final report identifies challenges and opportunities for increasing the talent pool diversity as well as including recommendations to increase access among underrepresented groups. Look for future blog posts highlighting other industries with strong career paths based on the findings.