2014 is the year for those looking to find work in the construction industry. Not only was this one of the only sectors to thrive during the winter months, but experts also predict that it will continue to see success throughout the next several years.
While the industry has employed thousands of workers within the last several months, employers seek highly skilled laborers who have a strong desire to work in these fields. However, there is still hope for those looking to join this industry, whether they've been working in it for 20 years or they're looking to break into it for the first time.
Industry poised for growth in 2014
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry is poised for significant growth throughout the next eight years. From 2012 to 2022, the source predicted that employment in the field will grow by 25 percent. Specifically, helpers and construction trades are projected to increase by 31 percent, construction laborers by 24 percent and construction trades workers by 22 percent.
The Associated General Contractors of America reported that the construction industry strengthened at the beginning of 2014 and has yet to show any signs of slowing down. Unemployment dipped to 9.4 percent, and while this number is higher than the national rate, it represents the lowest unemployment rate the sector has seen in seven years. Additionally, more than 6 million people in the U.S. are currently employed in the construction field, which is the highest number of employees its had since June 2009.
Companies are looking to hire thousands of workers, but industry officials have expressed that without proper training programs and interest from skilled workers, there will likely be an employee shortage in the future.
"If elected and appointed officials don't act soon to improve the quantity and quality of training opportunities for future workers, many construction employers will struggle to find the workers they need," Stephen E. Sandherr, the CEO of AGC of America, said in a press release.
Select and prepare for the occupation with care
Workers looking to join this industry should first choose the field in which they would like to work. While employees are generally knowledgeable about several trades within their selected field of choice, they should pick one specialty area, such as administration, electrical, carpentry, plumbing or roofing. From there, workers should seek out specialized training, whether from an academic institution or under the tutelage of a mentor from a respected construction company.