Families & Advisors
The Professional Construction Industry and Building Trades…A Gateway to a Whole World of Possibilities
Parents, high school teachers, and advisors have a unique opportunity to inspire students to pursue a career in the thriving construction industry, which is one of the strongest sectors in the Northwest Indiana economy. With diverse and plentiful career opportunities, the building trades and related construction industries are the largest employers in the region. Northwest Indiana Building Trade construction apprenticeship programs alone hire 500 to 600 new employees every year, providing training and employment for careers that are both challenging and rewarding. By encouraging students to explore this dynamic industry and gain the necessary skills and knowledge, they can pave the way to a successful and fulfilling career.
The skilled trades offer men and women an exceptional opportunity to gain high-quality training and earn a living wage. The journey to becoming a skilled trade professional begins with a Registered Apprenticeship, which offers practical education and on-the-job training. Apprenticeships are highly structured and require participants to study, complete homework assignments, and pass tests to graduate. In many cases, apprenticeships offer a college degree upon completion of the program, making them an affordable and effective path to higher education. Attending an apprenticeship is similar to attending a four-year college, and the benefits of this kind of training can lead to a fulfilling and rewarding career in the construction industry.
Wages & Benefits
A career in the construction industry can provide financial stability and job security. While the annual income of a skilled tradesperson can vary depending on regional growth, the industry offers a respectable salary with opportunities for growth. According to recent data, on average, skilled tradespeople in the construction industry can expect to earn between $65,000 and $90,000 annually, depending on the trade and hours worked. Additionally, the professional trades are known for their excellent benefit programs, which include medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, life insurance, and retirement benefits. These benefits provide a strong safety net for workers and their families.
The construction industry provides ample opportunities for personal growth and advancement. In every trade and at every level, hardworking individuals can progress to management positions or even start their own businesses. Skilled tradespeople are highly valued and can find employment opportunities across the country and even internationally, providing them with a sense of adventure and diversity in their career. The construction industry rewards dedication and hard work, offering individuals the chance to build a fulfilling and prosperous career.
Individuals who wish to pursue a career in construction management can explore a variety of paths to success. For those who opt to attend a four-year college or university, opportunities abound in lucrative roles such as Engineers, Project Managers, Project Engineers, Estimators, and Safety Managers. These roles require a combination of technical knowledge and soft skills, including leadership, communication, and problem-solving abilities. As the construction industry continues to grow, there is a high demand for skilled professionals who can manage complex projects and bring them to completion on time and within budget. With a career in construction management, individuals can enjoy a challenging and rewarding career that offers opportunities for growth and development.
Jobs in the Professional Construction Industry and Building Trades are more than just a gateway to a career; they are a gate way to a whole world of possibilities.
“A career in the building and construction trades is certainly a viable option for high school graduates. By the time you're 22 or 23 years old, you’re making a great wage, you have an Associate’s degree, and you have no college debt. Above all, you have a skill that is desirable anywhere you go.”
Jon Groth ~ Former Principal/Director, Porter County Career Center