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Front Page - Friday, August 7, 2020

Need a career change? Why not try residential construction




The spread of COVID-19 this year led to economic hardship and job losses across multiple industries for many in the Chattanooga area. However, as the nation makes efforts to reopen, the unemployment rate and job gains across the nation are beginning to improve.

If you or someone you know is looking for a job change this year, don’t overlook the potential found in a construction career. Residential construction is poised to help lead the economic recovery, as lower interest rates and a growing demand for homes both position residential construction to recover more quickly than some other business sectors.

Explore some of these additional reasons to consider a rewarding career in residential construction:

Staying safe on the job site

The health and safety of construction workers is always a top priority in the residential construction industry. Employers are dedicated to preventing worker exposure to coronavirus and educating employees on what protective measures can be taken on the job site.

The use of personal protective equipment is common on the job site, as well as established cleaning and disinfecting procedures outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Supporting the economy

The construction industry is critical to the economic success of our area and has positive national economic impacts, generating jobs in industries such as manufacturing and engineering. A healthy economy relies on home building, especially when that economy is in recovery.

As a member of the residential construction industry, you’ll be contributing to the economic success of your community.

Career resources

Resources are available to help individuals interested in pursuing a rewarding career in the residential construction industry. The National Housing Endowment, in partnership with the Home Builders Institute and homebuilders associations across the country and in Chattanooga, offers several scholarships to students interested in pursuing a career in the building industry.

Competitive compensation

The home building industry can offer competitive compensation, with the top 25% in most construction trades professions earning more than $50,000 annually.

Additionally, the gender pay gap is narrower in the construction trades. On average and across business sectors, women in the U.S. earn 80 cents for every dollar a man earns; however, women in the construction industry earn 97 cents for every dollar a man earns.

For information about career training opportunities in the Tri-state area, visit Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga at HBAGC.net.