September 29, 2016

Shining a Spotlight on Careers in Construction

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 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 remain competitive with other industries in our area.  

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. New Resources to Help You Recruit Skilled Labor.

Help spread the word about quality jobs available in the residential construction industry with new resources on NAHB's website.
NAHB is partnering with educators, members and state and local HBAs to address the housing industry’s labor shortages and to develop a skilled workforce for the future.
We've added a new Building Skilled Labor Workforce page to help educators, policymakers and industry partners recruit students to the trades. Highlights include:
  • Careers in Construction Month Toolkit: October is Careers in Construction Month, an opportunity to increase public awareness about the opportunities available in residential construction trade professions. The toolkit provides easy ideas to promote construction careers in your community.
  • Promotional Materials: Use these in guidance counselor offices, career centers and community centers; distribute them at college and career fairs; and promote them in your workplace.
  • Students in Action: See how HBAs around the country are teaming up with student chapters and educational partners to recruit and train a new generation of skilled workers.
  • Videos: Show students the great career opportunities available in the residential construction industry.
Plus, our members-only Skilled Workforce Development Resources page now features lesson plans that building professionals can use to encourage interest in construction careers at the middle school level.
For more information about skilled labor resources or NAHB's Student Chapters, contact Greg Zick, NAHB Director, Student Chapters, at

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