Best Jobs of 2013: Construction Occupations

Our weekly coverage of hiring demand for the US News' Best Jobs of 2013 continues with the best construction jobs. Below is a summary of hiring demand for the top 5 construction occupations.

Hiring Demand for Construction Jobs

Hiring Demand Chart for Construction Jobs
SOURCE: WANTED Analytics

1. Cost Estimator

Over the past 90 days, 9,400 job ads appeared online for Cost Estimators, representing a 15% year-over-year increase. On average, Recruiters are likely to experience favorable recruiting conditions. This occupation scores an 8 on our Hiring Scale (99 denotes hardest-to-fill.) Anchorage, AK presents the most difficult recruiting conditions, scoring a 74. Anchorage's current hiring demand exceeds what the local qualified candidate pool can support.

Hiring Scale for Cost Estimators

Hiring Scale for Cost Estimators
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2. Construction Manager

Hiring for Construction Managers had the highest levels of demand of these 5 positions during 2012, with October marking a four-year high. About 17,000 job ads were posted online over the past 90 days, which is 21% higher than the same 90-day period last year. Nationwide, recruiting for Construction Managers is likely to be moderately favorable, scoring a 25. To further improve conditions, Recruiters can look to source candidates in New York (NY), Houston (TX), or Dallas (TX), which are some of the cities with the best recruiting conditions. These cities score a 5 on our Hiring Scale.

Hiring Scale for Construction Managers

Hiring Scale for Construction Managers
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3. Plumber

Hiring for Plumbers also reached an all-time high in October 2012. During the last 90 days, there were 16,000 job listings online, a 40% year-over-year increase when compared to the same 90-day period in 2012. The average Hiring Scale score for Plumbers is 12. Washington, DC is among the cities with the best conditions, scoring a 5. On the other hand, Durham, NC presents the most difficult recruiting environment, scoring a 76.

Hiring Scale for Plumbers

Hiring Scale for Plumbers
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4. Glazier

Like most of the other occupations, Glaziers experienced its highest job ad volume during 2012. Hiring demand over the last 90 days was 26% higher than in 2012. Recruiters are likely to find average recruiting conditions to be favorable, scoring a 12. Conditions are likely to be even less difficult in Houston (TX), which scores a 6.

Hiring Scale for Glaziers

Hiring Scale for Glaziers
SOURCE: WANTED Analytics

5. Cement Mason and Concrete Finishers

It appears that demand for Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers peaks annually around May and June. Over the past 90 days, about 2,100 job ads were posted online, representing an 18% year-over-year increase. When comparing job ad volume in 2012 compared to 2011, overall hiring demand increased 24%. Average recruiting conditions for this occupation are likely to be favorable. Miami (FL) and Houston (TX) have the most favorable conditions, both scoring a 5 on our Hiring Scale.

Hiring Scale for Cement Mason and Concrete Finishers

Hiring Scale for Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
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Don't miss the last category of the Best Jobs of 2013. Next week we will highlight the last category on their list, creative occupations. To see what we've covered so far, read Best Jobs of 2013: HealthcareBusiness, Social Service, and Technology.

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