The Residential Building Industry Wants to Hire the Next Generation

You have your entire life ahead of you. Maybe you know what you want to do, and maybe you are trying to figure it all out. Either way, you aren’t alone. As you weigh your options, we want you to consider a career in skilled trades.

The residential construction industry is on a continued path of growth in 2017. One road block that will slow our growth is the lack of available skilled labor. As you are on your path, we invite you to look at, and consider, the residential construction industry. We have created a guidebook guidebook showing the options in 17 trades in residential construction. While this list is by no means complete, it will give you an idea of education requirements, potential income, and the projected growth in the 17 trades we track on a monthly basis. Updated data for this guide book is available for March, 2017.

We survey employers in the residential construction industry on a quarterly basis. Those who respond tell us there are shortages in each of the 17 trades. They also let us know loud and clear that many of those in residential construction would hire students who are in, or who have taken, construction trades in a career technical education setting.

Skilled to Build Michigan Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tasked with the mission of creating an awareness of the careers available today in residential construction.

If you want to help us rebuild the labor force in residential construction, take a moment to complete this form so we can keep you informed of opportunities available. And, if you are interested in an internship or employment in the industry, please email your resume to so we can connect you with an employer who is interested in hiring a student.