Construction work may be viewed as a last resort due to misconceptions of the industry, but pursuing a career in the trades can lead to a high-paying, fulfilling future with job security. One of the biggest draws? There may be over 3 million positions available by 2028, according to the National Association of Home Builders, and most won’t land you with a mountain of student debt.
Although the price of college is soaring and a four-year degree isn’t the guarantee of financial security it once was, 70% of parents surveyed by the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) said they wouldn’t advise their child to embark on a career in construction. They may want to rethink that.
Not only is there a dire need for the next-generation workforce in the construction trades, jobs are widely available and often high-paying. What’s more, training usually comes with no student debt.
Brian Turmail, vice president, public affairs and strategic initiatives at Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), says for decades, construction and trades jobs have been stigmatized and viewed as a “last resort, instead of a career opportunity that ought to be on the menu to be considered.”