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The heavy/highway sector of the construction industry is projected to grow about as fast as the industry average. Growth is expected in highway, bridge and street construction, as well as in repairs to prevent further deterioration of the nation's highways and bridges. Employment in special trades contracting, the largest segment of the industry, should grow at about the same rate as the entire construction industry. Demand for special trades subcontractors in building and heavy construction is rising, and, at the same time, more workers will be needed to repair and remodel existing homes.
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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Did you know...

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.