If you’re a parent, your children’s future is always one of your top priorities. Two major factors that influence their future are education and their eventual career, which are usually closely tied together. Acquiring knowledge and skills, and then putting them to use, is part of the process where they transition to being independent and successful adults.
As you encourage and support your child’s journey on their education and career path, it’s important to consider the full range of opportunities. One industry worthy of career exploration is residential construction. The industry is filled with talented and creative individuals who build homes that strengthen communities. Not only does a career in the industry provide a sense of personal achievement, it also provides many practical benefits, such as strong earning potential, job security and opportunities for advancement.
Taking advantage of a Career and Technical Education (CTE) will help your child gain the knowledge and skills they need to be prepared for college and careers. CTE gives purpose to learning by emphasizing real-world skills and practical knowledge within a selected career focus. According to a national survey, an overwhelming majority (94%) of parents strongly (60%) or somewhat approve (34%) of expanding access to career and vocational programs. And a majority (86%) of parents and students say they wish they could get more real world knowledge and skills during high school.
CTE leads to a variety of jobs for every skill level. Occupations such as carpenters, plumbers and HVACR technicians are in high demand. These types of jobs require individuals who have skills such as being detail-oriented and active problem solvers troubleshooting a range of challenges.
The skilled trades also offer individuals high earning potential. Individuals entering the residential construction industry have the potential to earn a great salary. The top 25% in most construction trades professions earn at least $60,000 annually. And you don’t need to follow the traditional college path to get there.
LBA works with local high school CTE advisors, teachers and students to provide opportunities to learn more about the trades from business owners who are LBA members. Working in the trades can lead to business ownership and unlimited potential for those who seek a larger experience.
For more information about construction careers see the Careers Page on this website.