If you work in the construction industry, you know that it isn't always easy to find new jobs. The availability of construction jobs often varies depending on location, so it's important that you know where the construction industry is thriving if you want to be successful. After all, you can't succeed in an industry if you live in an area where the work isn't plentiful. Fortunately, it isn't hard to determine what areas of the country will experience the most construction growth in the near future.
According to Forbes, the building industry is booming in big cities, so it's not surprising to learn that New York City has spent more on new construction than other U.S. cities so far this year. In the first five months of 2013, New York City saw $8.5 billion worth of new construction projects begin, which was a 16 percent increase over the first half of 2012. If you're looking for construction jobs that revolve around the housing industry, the Big Apple is the place to be. Numerous residential towers are in the works that will provide plenty of construction jobs, including a Bjarke-Ingels-designed pyramid-shaped building in Manhattan and the Atlantic Yards B2 Residential Tower, which will become the world's largest modular tower.
If you aren't thrilled about moving to a big city, you'll find plenty of construction jobs in Portland, Maine. Portland is Maine's largest city, but it hit its largest census mark in 1950 with 78,000 residents. Even though the city doesn't have millions of residents, city leaders have big plans for growth. Officials in Portland are planning to build hotels, condominiums, and a four-tower retail and housing complex over the next ten years. So, if you're looking for an area that has steady construction growth, Portland is a good option.
If you'd rather reside on the west coast, San Francisco is a great place to find construction jobs. In 2011, the city only added 269 new housing units. However, years of underbuilding caught up with San Fran, and in 2012, the city was forced to add 4,220 new housing units. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, construction projects should continue to flourish. The city is seeing the largest residential construction boom it's had in decades, and approximately 4,000 new housing units are already being built.
While your success in the construction industry depends on your location, the demand for new housing gives you a variety of places from which to choose. Whether you're looking for a big city where construction jobs are always available or a mid-sized town with big plans for the future, it isn't difficult to find a job in the construction industry as long as you choose the right location.
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