What Draws Young Adults to the Construction Trades?

Filed in Economics by on April 21, 2017 1 Comment

hard hatsMost young adults between the ages of 18 to 25 say the two most important benefits of a career in the construction trades are good pay (80%) and learning useful skills (74%), according to a recent poll of this age group conducted by NAHB.

Only 15% cite seasonal work as a benefit, while a modest 37% rate it as an advantage that this field does not require a college degree.

The vast majority of those surveyed, 74%, say they know the field in which they want to have a career.

Meanwhile, the 26% of respondents who do not yet know the career path they want to take got a follow-up question about the chance they might consider a number of fields (construction trades being one of them) using a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 meant “no chance no matter the pay” and 5 meant a “very good chance if the pay is high.”

Construction trades got an average rating of 2.1, with 63% of undecided young adults rating it 1 or 2 (no or little chance regardless of pay) and 18% a 4 or 5 (good to very good chance if pay is high).

NAHB economist Rose Quint provides more analysis in this Eye on Housing blog post.


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  1. Darren says:

    Trades overall have to do a better job of positioning their “product” versus others. There is, and it has been proven, a negative conotation to construction. Remove that and the actual real benefits of a career in the trades can shine through.

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