K52A3165 The following blog has been republished with permission from U.S. Veterans Magazine and was originally published on Oct. 22, 2015 at usveteransmagazine.com/home-featured/careers-for-the-new-year/. Looking for a new, fulfilling career in the New Year? If so, take a look at construction, a growing industry that offers many opportunities for veterans. The Associated Builders and Contractors’ blog Workforce Under Construction recently listed five reasons for choosing a career in construction:
  1. The jobs are out there. Whether you’re entering the workforce out of high school or out of college, finding a job can be very hard. That’s not always the case in construction. There are always going to be jobs for people who are willing to work hard with their hands to build the nation.
  2. It’s challenging, but rewarding work. Unlike a lot of industries, working in construction offers different and unique challenges every day. Construction jobs allow people to use their mind to work with their hands in order to complete the task at hand.
  3. It pays well. The pay in the industry is competitive and offers lucrative opportunities. In fact, an NPR article stated that the average electrician makes $5,000 more a year than the average college graduate.
  4. It’s a great alternative to a four-year university. Not everyone wants to go to college, and that’s ok. There’s plenty of opportunity in construction to continue and advance your education.
  5. It helps you plan for your future. Committing to the industry and working hard can set you up for a bright future both financially and with room to grow professionally.
The construction industry is anticipated to gain roughly 1.6 million new jobs by 2022 while facing a lack of experienced craft professionals and the retirement of an estimated one-sixth of the current construction workforce. Construction companies large and small — from national firms like Jacobs and Bechtel, to regional firms like Cianbro Construction, to local contractors and subcontractors across America — are stepping up to ensure their industry welcomes home the nation’s heroes with good-paying jobs. us vet magazine logoFor the rest of the story, read the full blog at usveteransmagazine.com/home-featured/careers-for-the-new-year/.

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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.