According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction and extraction jobs are expected to grow 12% by 2014, adding 931,000 jobs to the field. Installation, maintenance and repair jobs have a predicted expansion of 11.4% with 657,000 additional jobs over the same time period. The transportation and material moving industry is another growing niche, increasing by 11.1% and adding 1.1 million jobs by 2014.
Here are the top 10 skilled tradesmen jobs based on current salary medians and expected growth by 2014:
- Construction and Building Inspectors
- Waste and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators
- Elevator Installers and Repairers
- Subway and Streetcar Operators
- Iron and Metal Workers
- Brickmasons, Blockmasons, and Stonemasons
- Plumbers, Pipelayers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
- Heating, Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration Mechanics, and Installers
While this is great news to all those affected by these fields (and a boost to our economy), it also means we need adequate training in these fields now more than ever. As the generation of baby boomers age towards retirement, there will be a huge gap in the number of managers and experienced workers able to properly train these new tradesmen.
BlueVolt specializes in providing online learning and training through our intuitive Learning Management System for these fields. Suppliers in the electrical, construction, plumbing, and HVAC industries (just to name a few) deliver skills and product training for their distributors, wholesalers, and end users through our LMS. Associations, buying groups, and co-ops also share training courses to these workers.
Ensuring the knowledge and skills are passed from one generation of tradesmen and women to the next, as well as keeping the younger generations current with safety and product training, is big effort and important for the construction industry.
What else can we do to train tradesman for these jobs?