• Shining a Spotlight on Careers in Construction

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

    October is Careers in Construction Month and it’s a perfect time to recognize the contributions of all the professionals working in residential construction as well as highlight the rewarding careers available in the industry.

    Indeed, a home builder relies on a number of highly trained workers to get the job done right. This includes dozens of skilled artisans and professionals, including carpenters, architects, 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 subcontractors to build a single-family home.

    As the housing market continues to strengthen, home builders across the country and here in Washington 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 in Washington remain competitive with other industries in our area. For example, for carpenters the average annual wage is $58,130, but in the state of Washington the top 25% earn at least $70,440 annually (according to the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES), Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017). 

    The building trades offer a great career path. And, the residential construction industry is one of the few sectors where demand for new workers is rising. Parents, teachers, counselors and students must once again recognize that a vocational education can offer satisfying career paths and financial gains. To learn more about job opportunities in Washington, visit www.biaw.com/Workforce.
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