Perhaps no industry is struggling to find employees in Nevada as much as construction. With growth comes a need to construct buildings, but without the necessary trained workforce, this industry can be paralyzed.
Construction provides a wide variety of career opportunities for people of all skill and education levels. From day laborers to skilled craftsman, foremen to engineers, the range appeals to diverse people with varying hands-on skillsets.
Education and Training
There are many different pathways that can lead to a career in construction. Some positions offer on-the-job training, while others require a certificate. Few positions require college completion.
Trends and Projections
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry will likely add the largest number of jobs from 2014 to 2024 of all industries, increasing by 790,400 to reach just over 6.9 million. In the state of Nevada, we will need to fill 137,000 jobs by 2023.
According to the Nevada Economy in Brief (PDF) (September 2018), construction has
added the most jobs of any industry in Nevada, with a gain of 7,800 or 9.5 percent — making it the second fastest growing sector in the state.
And specific to Nevada, a recent Nevada Business Magazine: article noted a “dramatic deficiency” in qualified construction laborers.