The traditional construction worker is here to stay. Hands on experience and practical know-how make these workers invaluable to the industry. At the same time, the construction industry is evolving and its workforce along with it. A new type of construction pro is emerging from reputable national programs focused on the latest in project management and technology.
Columbia University provides proof of construction’s development. The Ivy League school offers coursework and graduate studies in Construction Administration, as well as Construction Engineering and Management. Both are fast tracks to higher levels of industry employment.
More women are entering the construction trade as more positions and opportunities emerge. The National Association of Women in Construction noted that the need for construction management jobs will rise significantly over the next few years, a trend originally estimated to last for a 10-year period through 2016.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the need for construction laborers will increase by 21% from 2010 to 2020, the fastest rise among all occupations. This expected change stems from continued industry growth nationwide, including residential, non-residential and infrastructure projects. A large portion of this expansion comes from the exponential growth in drilling.
Construction has embraced technology in many ways, using technology in everything from onsite communications to energy-efficient green design. Enhanced technological methods are consistent with the skills of the new construction professional’s tech-savvy demographic and are attractive recruitment tools to those considering careers in construction.
What Lies Ahead
As the construction industry moves forward, growth trends look optimistic. More national projects will emerge in proportion to labor opportunities at all levels, with high wages and plentiful jobs as primary incentives. The old school pros and the new grads will combine to form a stronger, smarter, more diverse construction industry.