81% Boost in Construction Jobs; Industry Lacking Experienced Workers

Greg Norman, Founder of BathMasters, talks about the rising age of the construction industry and the importance of training for the younger generation.

The resurgence of the construction industry is reliant upon experienced contractors remaining healthy, and teaching the next generation of construction workers the ins and outs of the field.

The National Association of Home Builders estimates that in the United States, there are currently approximately 200,000 construction job openings waiting to be filled, which is an 81% increase over the past two years.1 BathMasters founder Greg Norman sees first-hand how this labor shortage is plaguing the construction industry.

Between 2004 and 2014, there were 837,800 jobs lost throughout the U.S. construction industry.2 Across the nation, there are currently 17% fewer people working in construction than when the market was at its peak.1 “The construction industry took a really hard blow during the last recession, and now that the need is there, experienced construction workers are harder than ever to find,” Norman noted. “Many workers left the construction field altogether, and now we’re feeling the impact, as there aren’t as many seasoned professionals remaining to mentor the new generation.”

The construction industry is struggling with a higher demand and a greying labor pool. In 1985, the average age of construction workers was 36 years old. This average jumped to 40.4 years old by 2008, and it continues to rise.3 In fact, construction workers tend to stop working at an earlier age than do workers in other sectors, which has further reduced the number of experienced workers.3 There are also a significant number of “baby boomers” in the industry, which means that…

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