For years, the construction industry has expressed growing concern regarding the lack of skilled workers and overall labor shortage. During the Great Recession of 2008, 600,000 workers left the construction field never to come back, and according to the U.S. Labor Bureau, just last year in April, there were still more than 434,000 vacant jobs in construction.
Careers in Construction Month (CICM) was created to raise awareness about the skills gap and vast opportunities in the construction industry. Misconceptions about all construction work being “difficult” or “dirty” are long gone. The construction industry is on a technological tipping point: drones can often be seen floating above jobsites and the expanding use of mobile devices, telematics and digital software has opened up new opportunities.
If you’re considering a job in construction, there’s no better time than now. And if you’re looking to make a solid salary, check out the below.
The average base salary for a crane operator is around $66,000. Add on experience and industry knowledge and that number can jump to six figures: $100,500 a year.
The review of Bureau of Labor Statistics data by the National Association of Home Builders showcases median incomes of $68,050 for rotary drill operators and $54,730 for steel and iron workers. Welders can make an average of $72,000 a year. Interested yet?
Jobs in construction range from lower-paying unskilled jobs to highly paid jobs that require formal training through an apprenticeship program, technical school or community college classes.
Easybook Training can be a springboard for advancing ones’ skills. The website allows anyone to browse health and safety courses and book relevant classes for online training or in-person. Looking to operate a forklift? Easybook has a training course for that. Or maybe you’re thinking of a career in the crane business? From the Basic Rigging Training Course to the more-advanced NCCCO Mobile Crane Operator Prep Course, Easybook Training has you covered.
Resources and groups
From the National Association of Women in Construction to Build Your Future (BYF), there is a plethora of websites and associations that can provide guidance and assistance to those looking to enter the field.
This year, BYF has asked the construction industry to pledge its support and make a dedicated effort to connect with students – either in-person or online – during the week of October 19-23, 2020. As an added bonus, when companies sign the pledge, they are entered into a drawing to possible win one of three $5,000 scholarships given to the construction craft training program of their choice. It’s opportunities like these that will raise awareness and interest in the construction industry.
Facts, figures and further information
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that construction will add about 296,300 new jobs by 2029.
- Participate in Careers in Construction Month via social media and the hashtag #CICM
- Lift & Move USA, an organization that promotes construction career opportunities by connecting students with real-world companies and equipment.
- Build Your Future
- Build Smart Institute
- The Associated General Contractors of America
- The American Council for Construction Education
- The National Association of Women in Construction
- Steel Erectors Association of America
- Easybook Training