Alongside summer comes high demand for construction workers, and in Pierce County, that demand is reaching peak levels. Already the second largest industry here, construction is expected to outpace all other industries in growth through 2023. Add to the equation more and more retirements from the industry and demand for qualified job candidates soars even higher.
But recent research shows that construction employers in the region feel like they don’t have enough opportunities to connect with young job seekers, making it difficult to hire the next generation of workers. How do we connect supply and demand?
Are you an educator?• Talk to your students about
careers in construction
(visit onetonline.org to learn more)
• Encourage students to consider
enrolling at the Pierce County
• Register your students for
Career Day in the fall
Are you an administrator at an
• Generate opportunities for students
Do you employ construction workers?• Encourage career progression and
skill-building opportunities for
• Partner with other employers,
schools or workforce support
programs to increase access to
• Set up an account on CareerLink
Pierce County to connect directly
with young adults and interest
them in your field
Are you looking for a career change?
• Consider a construction career:
Hands-on Learning: Big Impacts
Some teams earn recognition for their schools by winning football trophies. Others, by winning music contests. But last month, a team of students at Rogers High School in Puyallup brought home statewide 1st place award for building a house.
Rogers HS wasn’t the only Pierce County school to shine at the CTE Showcase of Skills in Olympia: Bates Technical College scored the
“Model Home” recognition for their impeccable design, and the Pierce County Skills Center also completed an expertly-crafted house.
“It’s remarkable that we have so much talent right here in Pierce County in an industry we know is growing,” said Linda Nguyen, CEO of WorkForce Central. “We couldn’t be more proud of our local students for their successes in Olympia last month.”
What Construction Jobs Are Hot?
As Pierce County’s fastest-growing industry, jobs in construction range from operating machinery on a steamy roadbed to designing floorplans in an air-conditioned office. Check out which jobs are in the highest demand through 2023.