The future of Alabama’s construction industry is in our hands.
With thousands of job openings each year, the construction industry needs to recruit the next generation of workers to meet demand and maintain growth. The skilled trades boast above-average wages, excellent benefits, and accessible training programs — making it a stable and secure career choice.
The State of the Industry:
For every five people who retire from the trades, only one replacement is being trained in apprenticeship programs.
Only 3% of young adults ages 18 to 25 are interested in the construction trades as a career.
Only 9% of the construction workforce are female.
The average age of a construction tradesperson today is 47 years old.
7.2 million Americans are employed by a construction trade as of September 2020.
In August 2020, there were 264,000 job openings in the construction industry.
Average hourly earnings: $31.83
Each year in Alabama, there are over 2,875 construction job openings.
The $45,820 median annual wage in 2017 surpassed the $37,690 median wage for all industries.
Through 2026, BLS projects faster than average employment growth in the industry.