Georgia Skilled Trades

THE INDUSTRY

THE SKILLED
LABOR SHORTAGE

THE STATE OF TODAY’S TRADE INDUSTRY

47: Average age of construction craftsmen. 185,000: New construction tradesmen are needed every year. 7.2 million: Americans are employed by construction annually.

This country is suffering from a skills gap, and nobody’s talking about it. Many of the things that hold the state of Georgia together were built a long time ago, meaning they’re in need of more than just a fresh coat of paint. And in the near future, that means big problems for anyone who likes indoor plumbing, electricity, smooth roads, air conditioning, hospitals and every other convenience that modern society enjoys.

Even as the need for these positions has risen and unemployment has continued to grow, fewer people are choosing to embark on a career in the trades. In fact, for every four people retiring from the trades, only one is stepping up to take their place. Career tradesmen and craftsmen – welders, brickmasons, plumbers, electricians and carpenters – are in critical need now more than ever.

So for all those people hoping to make it big as they climb the corporate ladder, that ladder might not have anywhere to lean. It means that until people start to step up and fill this overwhelming skills gap in the immediate future, all of us are in serious trouble. It also means big opportunity for that tough, dedicated group of men and women who are smart enough to learn a trade and help build Georgia.

10.4%: PRECENTAGE OF Georgia’S CONSTRUCTION WORKFORCE THAT IS FEMALE.