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If you are thinking about getting into the construction industry, then you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re just entering the workforce, looking for a job change, or new to the Tacoma area, there are many reasons to get into construction and ample job opportunities.



Getting into the Construction Industry

Interested in getting a job in the construction industry? Create a profile on Torqly so employers in the Tacoma area can recruit you. 


Here are some additional resources you help you get into the industry. 



Reasons to get into the Construction Industry

  • Possibilities—You can build your own career path however you choose and the possibilities increase with experience and education. As you move up in a trade, you can become a superintendent or project manager. And, you can get into the industry if you are 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED. A college education isn’t required for entry into apprenticeship programs, and many will accept applicants with criminal records.

Career Path Chart

  • Variety—A variety of work is available in the construction industry. You’ll get to work on a variety of projects and no two days are alike!
  • Earning potential—When you begin a Registered Apprenticeship, you’ll earn a percentage of what a fully qualified worker in your trade earns, and your wage will increase incrementally as you become more proficient in your craft. The average starting wage for apprentices is $15 an hour.
  • High demand for labor—Construction is expected to be the fastest growing industry in Pierce County through 2023 and beyond. (Workforce Central April 2017 Impact Newsletter) Between September 2015 and September 2016, the construction industry in the Tacoma-Lakewood metropolitan area was the 14th fastest growing in the country. (KNKX, Tacoma Surpasses Seattle in Construction Employment Growth) Construction contractors in our area are having difficulty finding workers for their projects.
  • Transferable skills—The skills you learn in a craft are transferable, both professionally and geographically. Once you become a qualified craft worker, you can apply that experience to opportunities in other fields. For example, training in plumbing can be applied to pipefitting and steamfitting as well. And the certification you earn in a skilled craft is transferable throughout the United States, and sometimes even globally.
  • Be a part of a team and see real results—You’ll make a meaningful contribution on a project crew and be able to see tangible results from your work every day. When you work in the construction industry, you help build your community.