Construction Industry Career Day takes place next week in Edison

Michael J. Wright Construction & Capoano Framing Contractors Inc. pairs foremen and journeymen with students from Ocean County Vocational Technical School for on-the-job mentorship. ­— Ocean County Vocational Technical School

Want to learn about the many professions that make up the construction industry? On Tuesday and Wednesday, the New Jersey Expo Center in Edison will play host to Construction Industry Career Day.

Sponsored by the Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey, which represents general building contractors, construction managers and heavy, highway, site development and utility contractors in New Jersey that employ tens of thousands of skilled union craftworkers each year, the hands-on, fun-filled venue will be sure to engage visitors with the various union construction trades.

Students, parents, educators, jobseekers and anyone in the general public is invited to the free, two-day event that will explore and inform about everything there is to know about a challenging, yet rewarding career in the construction industry.

Through dozens of construction-related exhibits and demonstrations, attendees can learn about the many different professions in the industry, as well as info regarding salaries, benefits, stackable credentials and educational opportunities.

And why is that important in New Jersey? Because construction is such a big part of the state’s economy:

  • Construction contributed $23 billion of the state’s 2022 gross domestic product;
  • Construction workers’ wages in New Jersey in 2021 averaged $77,900;
  • Construction employment in New Jersey in February 2023 totaled 166,200; and
  • Nationally, construction employed 7.9 million workers in that same timeframe.

With the influx of federal funding coming to New Jersey during the next 10 years, New Jersey needs a continuing flow of skilled employees — on both the management and the craftworker side.

Register online here.