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In 1900, 75 percent of urban Americans lived in rented apartments or flats. In contrast, last year homeownership in the U.S. reached a record high of 68 percent.1

Owning your own home - it's a cornerstone of the American Dream and there are many different jobs that all play a part in making it a reality for hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.

Although household growth may slow slightly over the coming decade, the demand for residential construction is expected to continue to grow. The demand for larger homes with more amenities, as well as for second homes, will continue to rise.

Employment in special trades contracting, the largest segment of the industry, should grow at about the same rate as the entire construction industry. Demand for special trades subcontractors in building and heavy construction is rising, and, at the same time, more workers will be needed to repair and remodel existing homes.


About the Home Builders Institute (HBI)

Make It Happen -

Unpainted House
Students enrolled in the Home Builders Institute trades training at the Old Dominion Job Corps Center in Monroe, VA, practiced their construction skills in this home renovation.

Who Are You?

About the Industry

HBA Programs at a Glance

Local Home Builder Associations (HBAs) throughout the country have developed industry/education partnership programs that are educationally enriched, challenging and creative. Programs provide middle and high school age students with information about the industry and have an impact on career choices during these critical career decision-making years. These educationally enriched, challenging and creative HBA partnerships also include adult training programs.

PROGRAMS-AT-A-GLANCE - Find a program:

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Construction Career Choices

Make Construction Your Career Choice

Think about it... the construction of 1,000 single-family homes generates 2,448 jobs in construction and construction-related industries; approximately $79.4 million in wages; and more than $42.5 million in federal, state and local tax revenues and fees.

Flow Chart (PDF)
There are more than 100 career opportunities in the industry. This includes options for those pursuing skilled trades, technical and professional positions. How do you want to pursue your career path in construction? Check out the options.

Levels of Entry
Do you know the stairway to your future? Education IS Important! Choose the construction entry level that is right for you!

Industry Careers - Getting Started
There is something for everyone! Take a journey through the sampling of entry/level-one opportunities and discover how you can find success with a career in residential construction.

Construction Career Options

Career Options (PDF)
Choose an occupation, build a career. What's right for you? Get tips about the job, the education requirements and pay.

Exciting Challenges in the Industry (PDF)
So you want to be a smart house technician or maybe your thinking about land acquisition/development. Each stage of home building has related occupations and career areas that you probably never connected to construction. Check them out!

If You Want This Job Will You Be Ready?

This section provides a few of the job opportunities available in the construction industry and gives information on what might be required of the employer and what academic and/or experience the employee is expected to bring to the job.

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Education and Training in Construction

Apprenticeship Certifications Community Colleges 4-year Colleges Other Options
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1 (Source: National Association of Home Builders)

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Career Guide to Industries, 2002-03 Edition,
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