FAQs and Myths
They say there’s no such thing as a stupid question. They are wrong, as anyone who’s ever uttered the words, “What does this button do?” can tell you. The questions below are not stupid questions; they are FAQs. Just don’t ask what FAQs are. That would be a stupid question.
The construction industry is the largest employer in the world, and is projected to grow 70 percent by 2025. You’re welcome.
The construction industry employs approximately 200,000 people in Washington. Take that, Starbucks!
The wage for a Group 3 Laborer in Western Washington is $42.86 an hour, plus $12.85 an hour in healthcare and pension benefits. Nice work if you can get it. (Psst! You can get it.)
The wage for a first-year laborer apprentice in Western Washington is $25.72 an hour, plus $12.85 an hour in healthcare and pension benefits. Not too shabby, huh?
Washington is ranked the 6th best state for construction jobs in the United States, according to CONEXPO-CON/AGG.
As of December 2023, downtown Seattle is the epicenter for multifamily development on the West coast with more than 4000 units under construction.
The crown jewel of Amazon’s $4 billion Seattle Campus are the Spheres, a trio of conjoined glass domes complete with terraces, waterfall and river features, a treehouse conference area and roughly 40,000 plants.
Women make up 10.3% of the overall United States construction workforce.
A September 2020 workforce survey shows that one in five construction workers are over the age of 55 and for every one new worker entering the field, two are retiring. The opportunities in the construction industry are rich and plentiful.
90% of general contractors in the United States worry about labor shortages.
Currently, there are approximately 6,000 women who are members of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).
More than $398 million is currently slated for clean water projects in Washington state.
The construction sector employed nearly eight million people in the United States in early 2023.
The construction industry needs 240,000 craft professionals every year to keep up with project demands nationwide.
In 2021, there were over 197,421 registered apprentices in the construction occupations throughout the country.
Seattle ranks among the top 10 biotech clusters in the country.
The construction industry represents 4.1% of the total US Gross Domestic Product (GDP). While it might not seem like much, it makes the United States one of the largest construction markets in the world.
Estimates indicate the U.S. population of construction machinery is approximately 3 million units, but only about one-third of the total fleet is in operation at any given time.
Bluebeam Revu for the iPad is the most widely used app in the construction industry.
Tunnel boring machines (TBMs) were first developed in the 1950s, and have become the standard method for constructing tunnels in hard rock and compacted sediment.
The University of Washington, Washington State University and Central Washington University offer construction management degrees.
Nationwide, there are over 375,000 apprentices currently obtaining the skills they need to succeed while earning wages they need to build financial security.
In Washington, the Construction Craft Laborer Apprenticeship program consists of 6,000 hours of on-the-job training and 480 hours of classroom training before being promoted to Journeyman.
Between September 2020 and August 2021, there were 21,710 apprentices in Washington state. This total would make registered apprenticeship programs the third largest “school” in the state behind the University of Washington and Washington State University.
Caterpillar is the world’s #1 heavy equipment manufacturer. Komatsu and Hitachi are #2 and #3.
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