Did you know that the construction industry is the largest employer in the U.S.? In the next ten years, an estimated $600 BILLION will be spent "building America!" According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 6.9 million Americans are in construction and by 2012, it is estimated that the construction industry is expected to reach an employment level of nearly 7.8 million people.
Whether you want to build houses, office buildings, roads, or a company of your own, the opportunities are endless. Construction is for people who are good with their hands and with their minds. Almost no other field offers so much immediate satisfaction, so much potential! The opportunity to own your own business is better in construction than any other industry. There’s no limit to what you can do – or how far you can go!
Are you looking to start your Career in Construction?
Did you know that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average craftsperson is 47 years old? Many of the skilled workers we rely on will be retiring soon, and we need skilled, motivated, dependable, and persistent people to take their place.
What will your Career in Constuction path look like?
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why should I consider a career in the construction industry?
- What kind of people is the construction industry looking for?
- What opportunities are there for females and minorities?
- What kind of salary can I expect in a construction career?
- What training/education do I need?
- Can I work year round?
- Are there travel/relocation opportunities?
- Can I start training in one craft and change to another?
- Will I be safe?
Construction is a Powerful Career Choice
Elementary school students, high school students, parents, and counselors are all encouraged to visit www.trytools.org for great information about Careers in Construction. Check it out to find great information about earning power in the construction industry, a virtual job site tour, construction ideas for teachers, and more!
Opportunities for High School Students to Work on Jobsites
Some high schools may have School-to-Career programs or Homebuilding programs, which allow students to begin their construction career while finishing high school. ABC of WI is willing to work with high school teachers and/or counselors to help them determine if a program is possible in their area. If interested, please contact Elizabeth Roddy.
**Teachers and Counselors – Click here for additional resources **
Get hooked into student organizations
Find out about student organizations for the skilled trades at www.skillsusa.org and www.learning-for-life.org.