The construction industry is mostly dominated by the baby boomers generation. The baby boomer generation is known for characteristics of confidence in tasks given, hard-working and a having a stronghold on experience. This generation has put in hard work for many years but now it’s time for retirement. With baby boomers retiring it impacts the construction industry the most. A few jobs that are in high demand as we speak are welders, technicians, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, construction managers, HVAC technicians and aviation maintenance.
Businesses are eager to find workers according to the American Transportation Research Institute, they estimate there are 30,000 – 35,000 trucker jobs that could be filled tomorrow if workers would take these jobs; a shortage that could rise to 240,000 by 2022. Therefore the gaps must be filled to keep up with the construction industry which continues to grow. The idea around blue collar jobs isn’t too fancy but at the end of the day depending on skill set; the workers could earn around $50,000 or more yearly. Some negativity comes from adults whom aren’t in the skilled trades and have a tendency to look down on them. Therefore the young people get the wrong impression when choosing career paths. For young people, becoming lawyers, media professionals, professors and more is becoming more and more common in return increasing the demand for skilled craft workers.
As an example; the chart below displays the decrease in young people working in the skilled trades. To sum it all up; there is an increasing demand in skilled labor jobs, an increase in wages for these jobs and countless resources to not only help you find these jobs but also help you find the right training for these jobs as well. So don’t be afraid to put a pair of work boots on and get your hands dirty. In my opinion, the rewards are the same or better than working in any other profession.