While most economists would hesitate to use the word “boom” when talking about the state of the construction industry, forecasters are optimistic for continued economic growth throughout the rest of 2016 and into 2017. As the industry continues its slow climb away from the great recession, the need for skilled labor continues to be a hot topic on industry news sites. This is great news for anyone looking for a new career and there couldn’t be a better time for construction laborers.
It’s An Employees’ Market.
Construction HR representatives can’t keep up with the demand for skilled employees across the wide range of construction trades. During the recession, employment dropped dramatically and many laborers found new careers or went back to school to pursue other careers. As the economy improves construction companies are having difficulty finding the necessary employees to fulfill the new work coming in. Now companies are willing to pay well for laborers with the skills and experience. Millennials are starting to fill the labor gap, but many of them don’t have the necessary training companies are looking for.
Get the Training, Get the Job
Construction is an industry plagued by misconceptions of what a career in construction looks like, but millennials are slowly realizing construction jobs are more than just physical labor—they require highly-trained technical skills. Today’s jobsite is more technologically advanced than ever before. Computers and tablets loaded with high-end construction software are now commonplace on most jobsites. Operating construction equipment often requires knowledge of GPS systems, computerized tracking, and an understanding of mechanical systems. The modern laborer must have the knowledge to use a variety software, devices and systems. There are a number ways to get the training, from on the job apprenticeships to vocational schools—which will likely be much less expensive than a four-year degree. With training and/or certification, you’re likely to become a valuable asset. As the industry looks for ways to attract new employees, companies are more willing to pay for training—training that becomes a bullet point for your resume.
Know Your Value
If you’re thinking of entering the construction industry—or recently have done so—know that you are a valuable asset. New employees bring fresh ideas, are open to learning, and will become the construction industry leaders of tomorrow. In an industry that has been traditionally slow to adopt change, leading companies are quickly embracing technology and leaving their competition in the dust. Today, Construction ERP systems are common place, drones are buzzing above construction sites and robotics are changing how construction is done. There has never been a more exciting time to work in construction!
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