Governor Branstad proclaimed this week as Construction Week in Iowa. The construction industry is a place where success can be achieved beginning with various possible starting points, whether right out of high school, technical schools, community colleges or four year colleges and universities.
Iowa has seen a 17% increase in construction employment this past year, the largest increase in the nation! This fact, combined with the reality that many construction workers are nearing retirement, means opportunities now and in the future for skilled workers. The construction industry in Iowa also offers another major advantage: 26% higher pay on average than all other private sector employees in the state.
As a parent or teacher helping to guide someone entering the job market or a student looking for their starting point, becoming a member of the construction industry and earning while you continue to learn, could be the best decision a young person can make. It was for me. I love that my job at Peters Construction allows me to walk away each day with a sense of accomplishment and tangible evidence of what we’ve done. And, we get to be part of a team that is helping build our communities.
Brad Peters, President, Peters Construction Corporation, Waterloo, Iowa