October is Careers in Construction Month and it’s a perfect time to recognize the contributions of all the professionals working in residential construction as well as highlight the rewarding careers available in the industry.

Indeed, a home builders and remodelers relies on a number of highly trained workers to get the job done right. This includes skilled artisans and professionals, including carpenters, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians, painters and landscapers.

As the housing market continues to strengthen, home builders and remodelers across the country and here in Southern Tier are seeking skilled workers – such as carpenters, framers and roofers – to help them build the American Dream. In fact, according to NAHB analysis of the federal government’s latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) rose to 214,000 in July.

This means there is ample opportunity for motivated students seeking a rewarding career path. Residential construction workers consistently express high job satisfaction. And average salaries in the Southern Tier remain competitive with other industries in our area. For example, Electrical – $52,360; Plumbing – $54,430; Masonry – $62,840; Carpentry – $41,490; Painting – $34,460; HVACR – $41,020.

The building trades offer a great career path. And, the residential construction industry is one of the few sectors where demand for workers is rising. Parents, teachers, counselors and students must once again recognize that a vocational education can offer satisfying career paths and financial gains.