Amid Labor Shortages, Millenials Respond to the Construction Economy

July 12, 2018

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, undergraduate college programs relating to construction, in both trade and management paths, has grown by the second-largest percentage increase amid all majors in enrollments this spring. Mike Jackson with Clemson University's Department of Construction Science and Management says the construction economy has everything to do with this jump in enrollment, as enrollment trends tend to follow economic trends.

With the current labor shortage in the construction industry, construction educators are rejoicing at the growth in enrollment, knowing how much the industry needs it. Additionally, they're speaking out against the stereotypes, letting everyone know how much the construction industry will benefit from millennials in their work force.

"This field attracts entrepreneurial, hardworking individuals that typically have type-A personalities. The students are eager to get to the jobsite and, when they return from internships and co-ops, their excitement spills into the classroom. They're more likely to ask questions and engage with specific topics because they've experienced what you're talking about in the classroom out in the field."

According a Pew Research Center Analysis of the 2016 U.S. Census Bureau data, it looks like millennials have become the largest generation in the U.S. labor force and they've yet to reach their participation peak. Regardless of your thoughts on millennials, they're prominently entering the construction industry well-educated and will (thankfully) bridge the gap in the construction labor force.

Want to know more? Check out the Construction Dive article here.