Families & Advisors
The Professional Construction Industry and Building Trades…A Gateway to a Whole World of Possibilities
Construction is one of the strongest sectors in the northwest Indiana economy. Career opportunities in the construction industry are diverse, dynamic, and plentiful. The Building Trades and related construction industries are in total northwest Indiana’s largest employer. Every year, northwest Indiana Building Trade construction apprenticeship programs hire 500 to 600 new employees offering training and employment for careers that are both challenging and rewarding.
Your son or daughter’s journey to become a skilled trade professional begins with a Registered Apprenticeship. These highly structured programs enable participants to secure practical education while earning a livable wage. Attending an apprenticeship is similar to attending a four-year college. Students accepted into apprenticeship must study, do homework, complete assignments, and pass tests in order to graduate from the program. Many apprenticeships offer a college degree upon successful completion of their program. Many participants find apprenticeships are an affordable path to a college education.
Wages & Benefits
Life in the construction industry is closely intertwined with the local economic environment. This can mean that annual income can fluctuate year-to-year depending on regional growth. On average, a skilled tradesperson in the construction industry can expect to earn roughly $45,000 - $90,000 a year depending on the trade and hours worked. The professional trades are also known for their excellent benefit programs. Medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, life insurance, and retirement benefits are offered by every trade.
Opportunities for advancement in construction are available in every trade and in every level of an organization. Many dedicated individuals often move into positions of management while others even elect to go into business for themselves. Since trained crafts people are a highly skilled part of the workforce, they have the ability to work on jobs around the country (and the world).
Opportunities to enter directly into construction management careers are also available to individuals who elect to pursue a four-year college degree. Engineers, Project Managers, Project Engineers, Estimators, and Safety Managers are several lucrative careers paths available to those who take the college route.
Jobs in the Professional Construction Industry and Building Trades are more than just a gateway to a career; they are a gate way to a whole world of possibilities.
“A career in the building and construction trades is certainly a viable option for high school graduates. By the time you're 22 or 23 years old, you’re making a great wage, you have an Associate’s degree, and you have no college debt. Above all, you have a skill that is desirable anywhere you go.”
Jon Groth ~ Principal/Director, Porter County Career Center