There are numerous opportunities in the industry that can be matched to your unique talents, skills, interests and personality to create the utmost in career satisfaction. Each stage of home building has related occupations and career areas that you probably never connected to construction. Marketing, sales, finance, land acquisition – what’s right for you? Take a journey through our Web site and discover how you can Make It Happen with a career in residential construction.
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Home Builders Institute’s careers campaign initiative can help YOU – Make It Happen – with a career in residential construction. The careers initiative provides a much needed gateway for Home Builder Associations, NAHB members, educators, students, parents and other interested parties to access the construction industry.
About Construction Industry
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. Residential construction offers multiple options for every career path – workforce, apprenticeship, technical school, community college and 4-year college/university – make the choice that’s right for you
- Stay Current with the Industry - Nation’s Building News Online, is a comprehensive weekly news summary of the industry. It includes national regulatory, technological, trends, education, business tips, legislative news and more.
- Make It Happen with HBI - Home Builders Institute, the workforce development arm of the National Association of Home Builders, is dedicated to the advancement and enrichment of education and training programs serving the needs of the housing industry. For more than 40 years, HBI has trained skilled workers in residential construction, promoted the industry as a career and helped the NAHB membership address its need for qualified employees.
- Student Chapters - The NAHB Student Chapters Program provides students in building-related fields such as construction management, engineering, architecture, real estate and the trades an opportunity to learn more about residential building through membership in the industry’s largest trade association.
- Career Clusters - The Architecture & Construction Career Cluster includes the following industries – architecture, commercial, industrial and residential construction. The Career Cluster initiative provides an organizing tool for schools, small learning communities, academies and magnet schools.
- Job Corps - HBI has trained Job Corps students in the construction trades for careers in the building industry since 1974. Job Corps students receive hands-on training from professionals in the industry, for professionals in the industry.
- Craft Skills- Pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship training in residential construction are offered through HBI’s Craft Skills programs. Craft programs are public/private partnerships.
- Building Today's Workforce for Tomorrow - HBI and its partners will create a systemic approach to construction industry workforce development that provides a continuum of recruitment, career exploration, education, and training.
- Career Services - the residential construction industry. We help students and their influencers access information on the housing industry’s host of careers attainable through post-secondary institutions or by joining the workforce directly after graduation.
- 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.
Construction Career Choices
Construction is one of the nation’s largest industries with 8.3 million workers. By the year 2012 there will be a need for an additional 1.1 million special trades contractors this does not include the management, supervisory and other professional positions. The majority of builders are small companies, however there are large corporations that operate in as many as 90 markets in 26 or more states and some have as many as 11,000 employees.
- Make Construction Your Career Choice - Residential Construction – an exciting industry that is also financially rewarding, it’s a great place to work! Explore career paths that will assist in a successful transition to future employment and/or further education. Have you thought about what it means to be an entrepreneur? There are numerous opportunities in the industry that can be matched to your unique talents, skills, interests and personality to create the utmost in career satisfaction.
- Career Flowchart - 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!
- Construction Career Options - Residential Construction – an exciting industry that is also financially rewarding, it’s a great place to work! Explore career paths that will assist in a successful transition to future employment and/or further education. Have you thought about what it means to be an entrepreneur? There are numerous opportunities in the industry that can be matched to your unique talents, skills, interests and personality to create the utmost in career satisfaction.
- Career Options - 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 - 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!
Education and Training
A major focus of HBI is to create programs to maximize the number of youth who are exposed to and knowledgeable about all aspects of the residential construction industry. What better place for the industry to find qualified, dedicated, career driven next generation skilled trades, entrepreneurial individuals and industry professionals than in the schools? Industry/Education Partnerships!
- Lesson Plan Course Ideas and Workbook - Virtually every subject in the high school setting can be put in the context of the home building process. The activities and exercises in the lesson plans were developed by educators and are provided as idea starters and examples of ways you can introduce home building topics. The course includes a hands-on building project. Best of all, it’s not “extra work.” The format is easily adaptable to fit your current curriculum. A workbook is included to assist with planning.
- Developing Industry/Educational Partnerships - Use the Planning Guide and Workbook to establish a uniquely designed program that enables students to gain career awareness and academic enrichment. The design differs from many other career/education programs because it is based on forming partnerships between schools and professionals from the industry. Have fantastic ideas? Put them in writing! Use the Planning Guide and Workbook to establish a uniquely designed program that enables students to gain career awareness and academic enrichment.
- Sample Partnership Programs - These sample programs promote and support partnerships that bring together schools, parents, businesses, and other members of the community to increase student learning and stimulate interest in the residential construction industry and related fields.
- Getting on Board with Career Clusters - Home Builders Institute is the Cluster Leader for the Architecture & Construction Career Cluster. The Architecture & Construction Career Cluster provides an organizing tool for schools, small learning communities, academies and magnet schools.
16 Career Clusters
A Career Cluster is a grouping of occupations and broad industries based on commonalities.
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A Career Cluster is a grouping of occupations and broad industries based on commonalities. The Architecture & Construction Career Cluster includes the following industries – architecture and commercial, industrial and residential construction.
- Residential Construction Curriculum - Based on national standards set by the residential construction industry, the Residential Construction Academy Series is the result of a partnership between Home Builders Institute and Thomson Delmar Learning. This series is the perfect way to guide learners to development of essential workplace skills, in the areas of carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and facilities maintenance. The goal is a skilled, knowledgeable workforce able to meet the needs of the industry today and into the future.
- Superintendent Training - What builder, contractor or remodeler hasn’t wished for personnel with the requisite skills to be savvy, on-the-spot field superintendents?
- Residential Construction Superintendent Designation - The Residential Construction Superintendent series of courses are geared toward budding field superintendents and can benefit current site personnel wishing to excel in this position. Eight courses cover issues and subjects identified by NAHB members as critical to a field or site supervisory job. Upon successful completion of all eight courses – each four hours in length – a Residential Construction Superintendent designation is awarded.
- Concrete Specialization Courses - The Concrete Specialization Courses are modeled after HBI’s Residential Construction Superintendent (RCS) designation, which is similarly geared toward budding field superintendents and can benefit current site personnel wishing to excel in this position. The Concrete Specialization Courses are designed to educate superintendents on the core fundamentals of concrete construction.
- Fun Stuff - Fun stuff! Fun Facts! Just having fun! Just for fun! Fun for all! The fun place! Lots of names for having fun. There’s something for all ages. And, it’s educational.
- Building/Construction Trades – York Technical College Sample Curriculum for Certificate Programs
York Tech’s Industrial and Engineering Technologies Division’s mission is to provide accessible, relevant, high quality education in a wide range of industrial and technical specialties required by local and regional industries. The Division offers a variety of degree, diploma, and certificate programs designed around employers’ expectations.
Job Search Tools - Construction is one of the nation’s largest industries with 8.3 million workers. By the year 2012 there will be a need for an additional 1.1 million special trades contractors this does not include the management, supervisory and other professional positions.
Recruitment Tool – NAHB joins forces with ConstructionJobs.com - In collaboration with ConstructionJobs.com, NAHB offers this recruitment tool to all NAHB members in their search for new employees. NAHB members enjoy a 20% discount off of standard rates for job posting.
- Preview the Site – Express Job Search – Post Your Resume – Post Job Openings – Career Center get resourceful information for the job seeker in preparing for that perfect job
- Rate Sheet – Are you an employer interested in posting jobs and reviewing resumes? Click here to see the Rate Sheet for NAHB Career Center/ConstructionJobs.com.