Careers in Construction

The future of the homebuilding industry

The home building industry offers more than just another job — you can find a rewarding career and earn a great salary. Most construction trades professions earn at least $60,000 annually. And you don’t need to follow the traditional college path to get there.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Construction Hiring Event

Wednesday, July 28, 10 am - 1 pm

WorkTexas at Gallery Furniture
6006 North Freeway, Houston, TX 77006


Join the Greater Houston Builders Association, WorkTexas, Building Talent Foundation and Home Builders Institute for a construction hiring event. Job seekers from several local training programs are invited to attend this event and will have the opportunity to apply for positions in the residential home construction and allied industries. Lunch will be provided!

JOB SEEKERS:
Employers will be interviewing to fill more than 334 positions!

Pre-Register by July 23

EMPLOYERS:
Limited to the first 25 employers

Register by July 1

Career Resources for Students

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HCC’s Homebuilding Academy is a partnership between: local homebuilders, home building institute, and Houston Community College. This program was developed to train next generation of builders, contractors, and entrepreneurs. Within six months students will learn carpentry, electrical, plumbing, masonry, landscaping, painting and finishing, and weatherization.

Upon completion, HCC-Career & Job Placement Services will assist you with starting a new career and finding gainful employment. In addition, students who complete training will have earned an industry recognized credential.

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The Home Builders Institute — HBI — is the national leader for skilled trades training in the residential building industry.

A nonprofit organization, HBI trains young people and adults, high school students, veterans and transitioning military personnel, ex-offenders, and at-risk and displaced workers.

They gain the skills and hands-on experience they need to build careers in construction and related fields.

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In partnership with Houston Community College, WorkTexas and Gallery Furniture will be offering trade classes for adults at the 6006 N. Freeway Gallery Furniture location.

Adult Trade School classes at Gallery Furniture will teach vocational skills including welding, electrical, carpentry/home building, and auto and diesel tech. Classes begin this August, and registration is now open to those who are aged 18 years or older.

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Building Talent Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was established by  Leading Builders of America, the 20 largest residential construction companies in the U.S., with a goal of addressing the increasing demand for skilled construction trade workers. BTF’s mission is to advance the education, training and career progression of young people and people of underrepresented groups, as skilled technical workers and as business owners in the residential construction industry. BTF connects people with paid construction education and training programs, and internships. Building Talent Foundation is the bridge that connects people with career path employment opportunities with our construction trade partners.

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The U.S. Doesn't Have Enough Construction Workers

The U.S. is facing a shortage of construction workers and tradespeople — and the problem will only get worse as more Baby Boomers retire. The shortfall is driven by an American education system that steers students to college and a culture that devalues careers in the trades. And if you think this doesn’t affect you, think again. As the cost of construction work goes up, everyone’s bank accounts will suffer.

In 2012, 21 percent of home builders experienced a labor shortage. 63 percent of home builders reported a shortage in 2017, and that number grew to 85 percent in 2020.

An Aging Workforce and Population Growth

For every three tradesmen who retire, there is only one skilled person entering the workforce to fill their boots. Our craft professionals – carpenters, plumbers, electricians and masons, for example – are on average 60 years old. As they retire, the home building industry needs skilled workers to take their place.

With the population of the State of Texas projected to double by 2050, Texas will need thousands of homes to house these residents. And, we need skilled professionals to build these homes.

More than Just a Job — A Profitable Career

Construction wages consistently top the national average, and have been rising year over year.
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Peggy Means
Peggy Means
Director of Education & Career Services