The overall trend for open construction jobs has been increasing since the end of the Great Recession. According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data and analysis by NAHB, there were 214,000 open construction sector jobs in July, which marks the second highest monthly county of open, unfilled jobs since May 2007. (Source: BuildingOnline)

And this number only looks to grow as the baby boomer generation retires.

Residential construction offers a number of fulfilling career opportunities, from architects and engineers to carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters and landscapers. Yet, our builders are telling us that access to skilled labor remains a top challenge.
— NAHB Chairman Ed Brady

A great volume of available jobs the second you graduate high school, two year colleges, or four year universities. Plus great wages! And add in the opportunity to use your hands to build something.

Educators, parents and students should look at the trades!

Sources/Additional Readings: BuilderOnline. Forbes