Workforce Development – Students and Educators

Discover A Career in Residential Construction

A career in the homebuilding industry not only provides solid wages and plenty of opportunities, it equips you with skills to help you and your family for years to come. No college degree is necessary so no student loan debt!

Take the Generation T Skills Assessment to learn which trade is a good fit for you.

Find Your Trade Skill

Learn about Careers

Learn about the different types of careers you can pursue and how much they pay

Carpenters

We work in all areas of construction throughout the entire construction process, from framing to cabinetry | Average annual national wage: $54,200 Average annual Washington wage: $66,260

Drywall/Ceiling Installers

We hang wallboard and install ceiling tile in interior rooms | Average annual national wage: $51,930 Average annual Washington wage: $67,510

Electricians

Demand for qualified electricians is high—and growing by the day. | Average annual national wage: $61,550 Average annual Washington wage: $79,050

Painters

Whenever a home is built or remodeled, nearly all of the interior and some of the exterior surfaces need to be painted | Average annual national wage: $46,460 Average annual Washington wage: $53,670

Masons

Laying brick is one of the oldest trades in the construction industry. We work with a variety of materials throughout a home | Average annual national wage: $57,880 Average annual Washington wage: $63,180

Plumbers

We install, repair, and maintain pipes in residential, commercial and/or industrial buildings | Average annual national wage: $61,000 Average annual Washington wage: $79,390

students learning to build houses

Training and Education Resources

Explore the trades industry and check out these resources to help you find your path forward.

Jobs Resources

As of December 2021, there were 345,000 jobs available in construction nationwide.

Classroom Resources

Learn more about the residential construction industry to encourage the next generation to join the trades.

Celebrate Careers in Construction in October

  • Demonstrate teamwork with a group project
  • Work in your community and heighten awareness of construction careers locally
  • Reach out to Habitat for Humanity, your Parks and Recreation dept., or another community group to identify a collaborative project
  • Post on social using #CICDAY2022 and #CareersInConstruction

Support Build Across America Day

Build Across America Day is a national workforce development program introducing children to the trades during Careers in Construction Month in October. View and download the promotional flyer. Register to receive complimentary The House That She Built event materials. Questions? Contact Patricia Potts.

Conduct a teambuilding activity

Visit a Classroom

NAHB lesson plans