The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a final 2015 figure of 6,538,000 employed in the construction industry, the sector's highest employment rate since Jan. 2009.
Construction's long, gradual ascent back to a pre-recession workforce has hinged on the overall improvement of the American economy, and continuously robust economic indicators suggest 2016 should be another positive year for the construction industry.
However, construction employers seeking workers may face an unexpected labor shortage due to a skills gap.
“With the construction industry expanding at rates not seen since the downturn, public officials need to make sure we are encouraging and preparing students to consider high-paying careers in construction,” said Associated General Contractors of America CEO Stephen E. Sandherr in a statement.
For those considering a move into (or back to) construction in 2016, the CareerCast Construction Network's database of jobs is diverse. You can find the skills you'll need for your field of choice included in these listings, and tailor your preparation accordingly.