Construction jobs were considered one of the best occupations of 2013 by US News. BLS states that job growth in construction picked up last fall and since then added 169,000 jobs. According to ADP, recent job gains averaged 35,000 per month until March, when construction employment growth slowed. Will construction hiring pick up again and continue to be one of the best occupations this year? We reviewed hiring trends to see what demand looked like.
Although the number of new jobs added in March may have declined, hiring remained strong. March represented a 4-year high in demand with just under 51,000 job ads. This is a 12% increase since we last reported on construction job ad volume in December. When comparing March 2013 to March 2012, demand rose 26% in the past year.
Construction Hiring Demand – 4 Year Hiring Trend
Project Manager is the most in-demand job title in the construction sector. Driver, which previously held that position, dropped to #4. Most of the other positions below just switched places, except for one job title that is new to the list, Truck Driver.
Most Commonly Advertised Construction Job Titles
- Project Manager
- Administrative Assistant
- Sales Representative
- HVAC Service Technician
- Sales Associate
- Truck Driver
Most of these jobs are required in new single-family housing construction; plumbing heating and air-conditioning contractors; and electrical contractors and other wiring installation contractors industries. Currently, Houston (TX) has the greatest demand for construction jobs followed by New York (NY), Washington (DC), and Los Angeles (CA). Orlando (FL) and Boston (MA) are among the locations with the largest increase in demand over the past year.
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