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Careers in Construction and Trades

Build a bright future in Texas.

Taking pride in your work, with results that can last for many years. That’s the feeling you can get with a career in construction and the many related skilled trades that support this vital industry. If you’re looking for a career where you can be “hands-on,” the opportunities in this field are abundant, from plumbers to planners. For many careers in construction, you’ll need specialized skills that can be gained through certificate programs.

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Did you know?

The need for skilled construction workers is huge. It’s estimated that the industry needs more than half a million additional skilled professionals and tradesmen to meet the demand nationwide.1


Hands-on skills are in high demand.

Texas is always growing and always building. That means the state always has a need for professionals in construction and related skilled trades. In fact, right now, there’s a shortage of qualified skilled tradesmen.

To address the shortage, over half of Texas construction firms reported that they have engaged with career-building programs at high schools and colleges. Almost as many say that they have increased their spending on training and professional development.1

The demand is wide ranging, from carpenters and plumbers to project managers and cost estimators. That’s just a few of the many jobs available in the skilled trades -- with most offering competitive salaries.

Several organizations and colleges offer certificate programs specific to construction and related trades, allowing students to get into the workforce with the skills they need to be successful.

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1. Construction Workforce Shortage Tops Half a Million in 2023, Says ABC. ABC National. (2023, February 3). Accessed September 2023.

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