Need a Career Change? Consider Residential Construction
By Shawn Hays, Executive Officer, Anchorage Home Builders Association
The spread of COVID-19 this year lead to economic hardship and skyrocketing job losses across multiple industries nationwide. However, the latest employment data showed some good news — a decline in the unemployment rate and job gains in several sectors as the nation reopens.
If you or someone you know is looking for a job change this year, don’t overlook a potential career path in construction. Residential construction is poised to help lead the economic recovery. Low interest rates and pent-up demand for homes places residential construction in a position to recover more quickly than some other sectors of the economy. Here are several other reasons to consider a rewarding career in residential construction.
Staying Safe on the Job Site
The health and safety of construction workers is always a top priority in the residential construction industry. Employers are dedicated to preventing worker exposure to coronavirus and educating employees on what protective measures can be taken on the jobsite. The use of personal protective equipment is common on the job site as well as established cleaning and disinfecting procedures outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Supporting the Economy
The construction industry is critical to the economic success of our area and has positive national economic impacts, generating jobs in industries such as manufacturing and engineering. A healthy economy relies on home building, especially when that economy is in recovery. As a member of the residential construction industry, you’ll be contributing to the economic success of your community.
Support is Available to Launch a Career
Resources are available to help individuals interested in pursuing a rewarding career in the residential construction industry. The National Housing Endowment, in partnership with the Home Builders Institute offer several scholarships to students interested in pursuing a career in the building industry.
The home building industry can offer competitive compensation. The top 25 percent in most construction trades professions can earn at least $60,000 annually. The gender pay gap is smaller in the construction trades. On average, women in the United States earn 80 cents for every dollar a man earns. Women in the construction industry earn 97 cents for every dollar a man earns.
For more information about career training opportunities visit nahb.org.