Fastest Growing Construction Jobs for 2022

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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on Construction Coverage.

Despite inflation, rising interest rates and fears of recession, the prospects for the construction industry over the next few years appear positive according to Construction Coverage.

A semi-annual report from the American Institute of Architects forecasts 9.1% growth in non-residential construction for the remainder of 2022 and 6% growth in 2023.

Strong construction demand across the board has helped boost the industry over the past two years and could help builders weather a potential recession. The dramatic rise in property values ​​and rents has underscored the need to expand the housing supply, while the COVID-19 pandemic has stimulated the modernization of many non-residential spaces. The federal government has also invested heavily in construction and infrastructure. At the heart of the federal investment was a $1.9 trillion infrastructure bill signed late last year.

As the industry changes and modernizes, many of the occupations set for the greatest rate of growth are actually jobs not typically associated with construction, such as market research analysts, software developers, and lawyers. Energy and communications infrastructure will provide the fastest job growth in the industry.

Here are the fastest growing jobs in the construction industry. Our final slide, Methodology, shows how this research was conducted.

15. Managers of computer and information systems

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10-year forecast Employment growth (percent): +8.6%
10-year projected job growth (total): +200
Total employment (current): 2,400
Average annual salary (current): $129,910

14. Electrician

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10-Year Projected Job Growth (Percent): +9.0%
10-Year Forecast Job Growth (Overall): +46,100
Total employment (current): 512,900
Average annual salary (current): $59,000

13. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

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10-year forecast Employment growth (percent): +11.9%
10-year forecast Job growth (overall): +1,700
Total employment (current): 14,000
Average annual salary (current): $60,130

12. Finance Manager

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10-year forecast Employment growth (percent): +12.4%
10-year projected job growth (total): +2,000
Total employment (current): 15,900
Average annual salary (current): $126,230

11. Site manager

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10-year forecast Employment growth (percent): +12.4%
10-Year Forecast Job Growth (total): +28,900
Total employment (current): 232,500
Average annual salary (current): $98,500

10. Floorers, excluding carpet, wood and hard tile

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10-year forecast Employment growth (percent): +12.6%
10-year forecast Job growth (overall): +1,800
Total employment (current): 14,500
Average annual salary (current): $48,270

9. Tile and stone setter

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10-year forecast Employment growth (percent): +12.7%
10-year forecast Job growth (total): +4,300
Total employment (current): 33,700
Average annual salary (current): $48,090

8. Installers and repairers of telecommunications lines

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10-Year Projected Job Growth (Percent): +13.2%
10-year projected job growth (total): +4,100
Total employment (current): 30,700
Average annual salary (current): $47,710

7. Mechanical door repairs

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10-year forecast Employment growth (percent): +14.5%
10-year projected job growth (total): +2,400
Total employment (current): 16,800
Average annual salary (current): $45,250

6. Software Developer

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10-year forecast Employment growth (percent): +15.1%
10-year projected job growth (overall): +300
Total employment (current): 2,300
Average annual salary (current): $89,400

5. Lawyers

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10-year forecast Employment growth (percent): +16.1%
10-year projected job growth (overall): +300
Total employment (current): 1,600
Average annual salary (current): $152,650

4. Installers and repairers of radio, cellular and tower equipment

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10-year forecast Employment growth (percent): +21.6%
10-year projected job growth (overall): +400
Total employment (current): 1,900
Average annual salary (current): $51,690

3. Logistician

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10-year forecast Employment growth (percent): +27.8%
10-year projected job growth (overall): +400
Total employment (current): 1,500
Average annual salary (current): $64,000

2. Solar photovoltaic installers

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10-year forecast Employment growth (percent): +30.2%
10-year forecast Job growth (total): +3,900
Total employment (current): 12,900
Average annual salary (current): $47,710

1. Wind turbine service technician

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10-year forecast Employment growth (percent): +60.5%
10-year projected job growth (total): +1,400
Total employment (current): 2,400
Average annual salary (current): $50,630

methodology

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The data used in this analysis is from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Forecasts Survey.

To identify the fastest growing construction jobs, Construction Coverage researchers calculated the projected change in employment between 2021 and 2031 for all detailed occupations with at least 1,000 employees in the construction industry in 2021. All data are reported at the occupation level – including projected Employment, current employment and median wages – are specific to the construction industry.