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October 06, 2019

October is Careers in Construction Month

Did you know that it takes an average of 22 different subcontractors to build a home?

October is Careers in Construction Month and it’s a perfect time to recognize the contributions of all the professionals working in residential construction as well as highlight the rewarding careers available in the industry.

Indeed, a home builder relies on a number of highly trained workers to get the job done right. This includes dozens of skilled artisans and professionals, including carpenters, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians, painters, and landscapers.

There are also consultants needed to supply building products and materials, offer legal guidance, finance the project, market and sell units, offer mortgages, manage properties, provide security, clean and maintain buildings and more.

According to economist Kevin Gillen, Ph.D., there are a total of 4,137 businesses with 35,684 jobs either directly or indirectly supported by real estate in Philadelphia paying an average wage of $66,440 (in a city with an average household income of ~$38,000). These businesses provide the city more than $138million in wage and BIRT revenues. 
Development and construction are vital to Philadelphia's future prosperity and the building trades offer a great career path. Demand for new workers is rising and the housing industry is working diligently to meet this challenge by training more workers and leaders in the construction industry. 
That's why the BIA is forming a Workforce Development Alliance. We hope to address the construction labor shortage as well as persistent poverty and unemployment in Philadelphia. 
Thanks to all the hard-working, creative, and innovative members of the BIA and take some time this month to promote your career - invite students to your office, open your job site, or visit schools. And to learn more about the BIA's efforts, email Marianne at
Marianne Scott
(215) 242-7445