Somewhere between the fun of building things as a kid and selecting a career, construction loses its luster. Women, in particular, tend to cross construction off their job-hunting list, believing there are no opportunities in the field for them. And many younger workers still view the industry as dull and dated.
Not so, say several major industry players who are working to change the public’s perception of construction work. The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) has teamed up with the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), and several others to get the message out that construction is all about “high-tech, high-stakes, huge earning potential, and the opportunity to travel the world.”
In other words, construction is cool and a great choice for anyone looking to start a new career.
As a construction professional, you already know the benefits of your career but you may be feeling the pain of finding skilled workers. You may even be working with local associations and schools to help attract more people to construction and your company. If so, you know you have to do a lot more these days to convince prospective workers—especially younger workers—that construction is the place to be. Here are a few compelling facts to help out, all aimed at what today’s job seekers are looking for:
I believe NCCER does a great job summing up these advantages and more in their Build Your Future video on exciting careers in construction. Check it out yourself.
By Deb Carpenter-Beck