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Projected Employment Forecast

 
Currently, jobs in the construction industry are expected to grow by 19 percent through the year 2018, compared with the 11 percent projected for all industries combined.Eighteen of the twenty fastest growing occupations with the next decade will require Career and Technical Education.Additionally, graduates from CTE schools find employment 2.2 times faster than graduates from general education programs.Additionally, high school students who graduate with a CTE concentration are 2.5 times more likely to be employed while pursuing post-secondary education.

Anticipated Employment Needs by 2018

Occupation

Employment 2008

Percent (thousands)

Percent Change

2008 - 2018

Construction

First line supervisors/managers of construction trades workers

442.1 6.1

22.7

Masons

110.5 1.5

14.3

Carpenters

721.0 10.0

15.2

Operating Engineers

297.5 4.1

18.1

Electricians

484.0 6.7

15.3

Plumbers

398.0 5.5

21.6

Sheet metal workers

107.9 1.5

10.1

Heating, air conditioning and ventilation

178.6 2.5

42.8

Employment of wage and salary workers in construction, 2008 and projected change, 2008 – 2018

Construction, with 7.2 million wage and salary jobs and 1.8 million self-employed and unpaid family workers in 2008, was one of the Nation’s largest industries. About sixty-four percent of wage and salary jobs in the construction field were specialty trades. The remaining jobs were in civil engineering construction.