Hot Jobs, Cool Careers National and State Constr by hnj68713

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									Hot Jobs, Cool Careers:
    National and State
Construction Workforce Data



 Compiled by the Construction Center of Excellence for the
 Associated General Contractors Education Foundation and
                    interested parties
 Construction Industry Facts
Construction is the LARGEST industry in the
world – employing over 7 million people
Nationally, employs 5.4% of total workforce – but
30% of all goods-producing sectors
It is the ONLY goods-producing sector in the
U.S. expected to grow between now and 2014
Sector comprised of residential, commercial,
public works, equipment and product supply
 Construction Industry Facts
Construction has been the catalyst to
economic recovery in Washington State
Washington’s construction firms are
typically small – less than 7 employees
Of all the start-up firms in Washington,
construction companies are the most
successful
Construction’s impact on other
Washington industries is tremendous
    Construction Workforce
Washington is one of 22 states with
tripartite Apprenticeship Councils
There are 13,000 registered apprentices in
Washington
There are 30 community and technical
college offering construction programs
The “big four” universities all offer
construction management, environmental
health, engineering/architecture degrees
    Construction Workforce
Broad classification of jobs, ranging from
engineers, design, specialty crafts, project
management and maintenance
Misperceptions of industry lead to
disconnects between expected and real
education requirements
Academic Proficiency A Must!

Data suggesting construction trades
workers do not need post-secondary
training is deceiving
Construction Industry Outlook
Work is decreasingly seasonal – more year-
round opportunities in Washington
Large number of workers already retiring –
impacting apprenticeship training ratios
Gaps in qualified workers will mean those with
skills will enjoy greater mobility and wages
Despite residential downturn, commercial and
public works projects are not in decline

								
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