Owning your own home is the American dream, and professionals in the residential construction sector have the rewarding job of helping Americans turn their dream into a reality. This sector may grow at a slightly slower pace over the next decade. However, demand for residential construction is still expected to grow. Areas of growth will include construction of second homes and upscale homes with increased amenities. Additional areas where employees will be needed include special trades in building and heavy construction, as well as repair and remodeling jobs. This is a diverse industry with more than 100 different positions for individuals interested in the trades, technical and professional positions.
A wide range of opportunities exist in the industry, both for high-school graduates who want to go directly into the workforce and learn a trade, and those who want to go to college.

  • Laborers often train under a skilled worker to learn a trade.
  • Trade unions offer apprenticeship programs with a combination of classroom training and hands-on learning.
  • Managers are often required to have a four-year degree in a related program such as construction, construction science, construction management or construction technology.
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Government statistics show that construction is the only goods-producing industry that can expect to see employment growth in coming years.
One million jobs will be added to the industry by 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Empire State Building took just one year and 45 days to build.