Green Construction Creating Jobs in Construction Industry

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The U.S. Census Bureau has reported a total construction spending increase of 1.5% in December 2011 following a 0.4% rise in November 2011. In December total construction spending was $816.4 billion according to seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR). Construction offers a wide array of career opportunities. Varied talents and educational backgrounds—managers, clerical workers, accountants, engineers, truck drivers, trades workers, and construction helpers—find opportunities in this industry. Houses, apartments, factories, offices, schools, roads, and bridges are only some of the products of the construction industry.

According to the Associated General Contractors of New York State, each year the United States adds more than $600 billion worth of new construction projects such as new hospitals, schools, highways, bridges, homes, office buildings, stores, etc. That's about 10% of America's Gross Domestic Product. The construction industry also ranks among the top 10 largest sources of employment growth in the United States, and it is estimated that the industry will have to recruit and train 240,000 new craft professionals each year to keep up with the growing demand.

Construction industry's activities include the building of new structures, including site preparation, as well as additions and modifications to existing ones. The industry also includes maintenance, repair, and improvements on these structures. Construction-related projects’ ranging from bridge, highway and sanitation system repairs to green jobs building a new digital power grid and improving and building new structures so they use less energy, raw materials and water are ever rising.

The construction services cover entire gamut of infrastructure renewal, general contracting and project management. It includes requirements of skills in the field of general contracting, design and development, project management, construction management, infrastructure renewal management, energy/utility auditing, procuring and purchasing energy supplies.

Today, “Green construction" is an area that is progressively becoming more popular as it involves making buildings as environmentally friendly and energy efficient as possible by using more recyclable and earth-friendly products. According to McGraw Hill, more than one third of architects, engineers and contractors in the U.S. say they have “green” jobs. This comes to a whooping 661,000 jobs, a figure anticipated to climb to more than 900,000 jobs in coming three years.

Further, the American green building market, which represented 25% of all new U.S. construction activity in 2010, is valued at the $71 billion. The value of that activity is on track to reach $145 billion in 2015. Notably, new construction in the green building space grew by 50% in 2009 and 2010, according to McGraw Hill.

More optimistic news comes from the foray of new projects of construction market in USA. According to Reed Construction Data Company, twenty major upcoming California and Florida hotel and retail construction projects are lined up, giving a massive surging momentum to the nation-wide construction scenario. Construction projects geared towards shopping centres, hotels, office buildings, medical buildings, educational buildings, libraries and museums, sports and entertainment complexes, industrial projects and government buildings are on their way.

Hiring is on a high-note for construction talent, including general contractors, project managers and skilled contractors. Construction trades workers are employed in a large variety of occupations that are involved in all aspects of the construction industry. Career oriented construction opportunities exist across the United States in diverse profiles like civil engineering, construction estimator, operations manager, project engineer, carpenters, electricians, construction manager and many more.
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