The construction industry attracts new people to its workforce every year across its range of skilled trades. From painters to project managers, the unique jobs available offer opportunities unlike any other industry. Sure, the tasks are exciting and ever-changing, but what keeps these individuals in the construction industry for years to come?
In 2022, there are challenges that the industry is facing as a whole. Most notably is the workforce shortage–the national demand for more qualified workers to enter the construction workforce. The need to recruit and retain talented employees is a top priority for most contractors across the county, and the result translates to significant perks for current and prospective construction workers.
Here are three great things to love about working in construction:
#1 – Earning potential
The majority of construction workers agree that the incredible earning potential is the top reason to join the construction industry. In fact, the top 25% in most construction trades professions earn at least $60,000 annually (source). From the start, individuals in the construction industry can earn an excellent income. But it’s the growth opportunity that encourages people to stick around. Year after year, those in the construction industry are rewarded for a job well done and expertise gain, unlike any other career.
Keep in mind that many careers in construction begin with NO school debt to pay back, thanks to apprenticeships as well as specialized trade and technical schools. This means the money made on the job can go further than paying back student loans.
#2 – Opportunities for career advancement
The combination of workforce shortages and a growing construction market means that jobs within the construction industry are secure for the foreseeable future. With hard work and dedication, there’s no such thing as a glass ceiling or stagnant career.
We love hearing the incredible success stories of people who have diligently worked their way up from apprentice-level to managerial. That hard-working attitude and passion for learning makes skilled tradesmen and women successful, which takes us to the third reason construction workers recommend working in the industry.
#3 – Ability to gain skills on the job
Encouraging great employees to learn new skills and trades is a big strength in the construction industry. Learning on the job begins at the very beginning with apprenticeships, and this continues throughout the construction journey. Each job offers an opportunity to learn through working, unlike any other career path. Every day provides a chance to grow. And, the longer an individual is in the industry, the more they hone their trade and excel.
There are many more things to love about the construction industry. Want to share yours? Tag us on Instagram @Ibuildamerica_ky. We’d love to hear from you!