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Jobs That Can't Be Automated

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 27, 2023 3:37:56 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, trades, construction outlook, careers

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With AI (artificial intelligence) and robotics becoming more and more sophisticated, many people are starting to wonder about the future of work and worry about their jobs. Will chatbots take over the jobs of customer service agents and receptionists? Will bookkeeping and data entry be handled only by machines? Will we never again interact with a traditional human server or cashier in the near future? Will robots handle all of our manufacturing and logistics?

While AI is starting to significantly impact and replace jobs and job functions in many industries, there are many skills that AI can never replace, and many of those skills are critical for success in the building trades.

Despite advanced AI technology, there’s a lot that AI can’t do, like the parts of jobs that require:

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What Careers are in High Demand?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 28, 2022 4:37:55 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, construction industry, skilled labor shortage, construction outlook

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Nowadays, it seems like every company is hiring, but not all the “Help Wanted” signs are the same. Right now, there are two types of jobs that companies are struggling to fill:

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A Great Time to be in Construction

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 18, 2022 1:11:26 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in construction industry, skilled labor shortage, construction outlook, careers, career opportunities

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Everybody loves a good comeback story, and skilled tradespeople are about to have their moment, or perhaps decade, in the sun. If you’ve ever considered pursuing a career in the building trades, NOW is the time!

Construction is booming. 2022 and 2023 are poised to be big years in construction, and, thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) passed in November of 2021, the demand for men and women in the skilled workforce has never been greater. 

The IIJA bill contains an estimated $550 billion in new spending that will be used to improve U.S. roads, bridges, and water systems, and includes funding for projects in public transportation and broadband. Who will be needed to do the majority of that work? You guessed it: skilled tradespeople. President Biden was quoted as saying that the bill will create millions of union jobs all across the country. Plus, new IIJA work aside, the American Institutes of Architects’ Consensus Construction Forecast predicts non-residential construction in the United States will grow 4.6% in 2022, and Oxford Economics and ConstructConnect predict a 9% growth in the residential sector. Those are staggering numbers!

For the women and men who have pursued or are pursuing a career in the building trades, the opportunities are bountiful and almost limitless in the years and decade(s) to come. With boomers retiring from the skilled labor workforce and many younger generations choosing 4-year degrees over trade school in hopes of “more opportunity,” the pool of skilled labor is shrinking, while the need is great and only growing. In the current market, skilled tradespeople are already reaping all the benefits that come with high demand for their unique skills - job security, rich benefits, rising pay, and endless opportunity - and we’ve only scratched the surface of the level of demand to come. 

What’s more, tradesmen and tradeswomen will be doing some of the most meaningful, rewarding, and exciting work in the years to come. They will be, quite literally, building a better America with their hands. Talk about work you can hang your hat on and be proud of! 

If you’ve been considering a career in the building trades, what are you waiting for? The time is now, and the future is brighter than ever before!

We’d love to have you join us. Learn how to get started with a rich and rewarding career in the building trades today.

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Great Work Satisfaction Amidst the Great Resignation

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 24, 2022 12:15:38 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, construction industry, trades, construction outlook, careers

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During the “Great Resignation” of 2021, millions of U.S. workers left their jobs. According to data recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a record 4.5 million workers in America quit in November 2021 alone. What’s more, 74% of full-time workers say they’re planning on quitting their jobs in 2022. The reason? U.S. workers are citing dissatisfaction with pay and benefits, work life balance, and career advancement, but that’s only part of the story. After 2 years of pandemic life, stress levels are at an all-time high, employee engagement is extremely low (34%), and much of the American workforce is feeling undervalued, overworked, and struggling to find meaning and purpose in their jobs and careers.

The million-dollar question being asked by these millions of people: what jobs do the 34% of engaged, satisfied employees have, and how do I get that job, too? 

We’ve got the answer: many of them work in the building trades. A recent report showed that 83% of tradespeople are still highly satisfied in their choice of work, despite all of the hurdles and hardships that the pandemic has imposed on all of us.

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Great Careers in High Demand

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 23, 2021 1:16:30 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, trades, skilled labor shortage, construction jobs, construction outlook, careers, career opportunities, construction workers

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Thinking about a new career? Looking for work that you can not only be proud of and fulfilled by, but a career that is built on real, lasting skills that is secure and can’t be outsourced or automated? Look no further than a career in the building trades!

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Are Construction Workers Essential Workers?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 5, 2021 12:19:40 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in construction industry, construction jobs, construction outlook, careers, United States Construction, career opportunities, construction workers, COVID-19

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Construction trades have always been essential, long before the words pandemic, COVID, quarantine, and coronavirus were part of everyday life. Construction is the lifeblood of our nation’s progress and welfare, providing infrastructure and services that are critical to all aspects of our everyday lives. So when asked “Are Construction Workers Essential Workers?” the answer is a resounding and multifaceted YES!

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If You Are an Artist, You Should Consider Becoming an Artisan As Well

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 23, 2017 2:15:00 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in construction industry, construction outlook, Construct Your Future

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Are you an artist? Do you make art? Do other people tell you you are artistic? 

Do you get excited when you get new materials to work with, or better yet, when you find new materials and use them to create a piece of art? 

An artist is someone who looks at the world differently, someone who sees the possibility for making and building everywhere and at all times. 

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Re-engaging the disenchanted, disembodied Millennial generation with real work

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 15, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in construction outlook, apprenticeships, Construct Your Future

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Much of the work that is currently available to millennials takes place in the digital world, it is unreal, it is disembodied, and it does not engage the senses, which means the results of this kind of work are rarely seen. This separation between the work one does and the results of that work, the separation between action and consequence, results in this type of work leaving those who do it unsatisfied.

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U.S. News and World Report ranks the most in-demand construction jobs

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 1, 2017 4:20:00 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in construction industry, skilled labor shortage, construction outlook, Construct Your Future

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Does the thought of sitting in a college classroom for four years seem unappealing?

Do you hate writing long term papers? 

Are you worried about finding a good job so you can move out of your parent’s house? 

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By 2020, two thirds of available jobs will not require a bachelor’s degree or higher

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 20, 2017 7:30:00 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in skilled labor shortage, construction outlook, careers, Construct Your Future

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Perhaps you heard the college recruiter tell you that a degree from their prestigious university can get you a job anywhere.

You can't.

Just because you have a piece of paper that probably put you tens of thousands of dollars in debt, if not more, does not guarantee you a job. 

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