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Front Page - Friday, October 21, 2016

Shining a spotlight on careers in construction


Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga



Did you know it takes an average of 22 different subcontractors to build a home?

October is Careers in Construction Month, so it’s a perfect time to recognize the contributions of all the professionals working in residential construction as well as highlight the rewarding careers available in the industry.

Indeed, a home builder relies on a number of highly trained workers to get the job done right. This includes dozens of skilled artisans and professionals, including carpenters, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians, painters, and landscapers. Analysis from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows that 70 percent of builders typically use somewhere between 11 and 30 subcontractors to build a single-family home.

As the housing market continues to strengthen, home builders across the country and here in the tri-state area are seeking skilled workers – such as carpenters, framers, and roofers – to help them build the American Dream. In fact, according to an NAHB analysis of the federal government’s latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) rose to 214,000 in July. Here in Chattanooga, the demand for skilled workers is projected to grow 44 percent from 2014.

This means there is ample opportunity for motivated students seeking a rewarding career path. Residential construction workers consistently express high job satisfaction. And average salaries in Chattanooga remain competitive with other industries in our area.

The building trades offer a great career path. And the residential construction industry is one of the few sectors where demand for new workers is rising. Parents, teachers, counselors, and students must once again recognize that a vocational education can offer satisfying career paths and financial gains.

To learn more about job opportunities in our area, visit the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga at HBAGC.net.