All over Colorado, there is noise along with closed sidewalks and roads as the city experiences record growth. And the cranes, they seem to be everywhere.
In a state with a red-hot real estate market and hundreds of new residents arriving each day, the situation isn’t expected to improve anytime soon. Experts at Colorado State University’s department of construction management estimate that by 2025 there will be 96,000 vacancies in the construction trades — a 38 percent increase from today.
Construction leaders say the problem was caused by a perfect storm: record low unemployment, an aging workforce, the narrative that everyone has to go to college, massive layoffs of construction workers during the recession who never returned, a lack of affordable housing and a huge demand for construction work across Colorado.
What construction career is right for you?
• Trowel Craftworkers
• Elevator Constructors
• Finishing Trades
• HVAC Refrigeration Servicing
• Craft Laborers
• Operating Engieers
• Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons
• Pipe Trades (Plumbers and Pipe Fitters)
• Sheet Metal Workers
• Sprinkler Fitters
• Tile, Marble & Terrazzo Setters
Climbing the Construction Career Ladder:
• Graduating to Journeyworker
• Moving up to Superintendent
• Being a Project Manager
AGC of Colorado
Colorado Homebuilding Academy
Colorado Contractors Association
Emily Griffith Technical College
CITC – Construction Career Training