IMG_6332 cropped moreBy Diane Greene, Executive Director of Build Your Future Looking back at my own career, I can’t imagine where I would be today without the construction industry. The impact it’s had on me is indescribable. That is why I am such an advocate today, and I am committed to sharing with others the many lucrative and gratifying career paths in our industry. Career opportunities in the construction industry are endless, and the rewards are great. One young man who spoke at this year’s Construction Industry Institute’s Annual Conference is a 23-year-old combination welder earning $30 an hour. I hear this kind of story all the time – young people, in their 20s and 30s, who choose to be craft professionals earn above-average salaries, have stable employment and have the ability to advance and grow within their companies – all without student loan debt! All four young craft professionals who spoke at the conference referenced high level of pay, a reliable profession, no student loan debt and pride in what they do as the four main reasons they chose a career in construction. I am always encouraged to hear young craft professionals talk about their careers because of how passionate they are about their work and what they contribute to the industry. They enjoy their professions and take great pride in being part of something bigger. One young lady who works as a welder for a large industrial contractor proudly showed me a building she worked on and described how she was specifically requested to work in certain areas of the building because of her expertise. That building is now part of her legacy, and it will be there for years to come for her children and grandchildren to see. I have seen so many examples of a young person who enters the industry and works their way into management and even company ownership in a short period of time. In what other industry can a person experience opportunities like these?

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NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s National Registry which allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. The National Registry also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.