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5 Most In-Demand Construction and Building Products Industry Jobs

Currently, in the United States, both the construction and building products industries are on the rise with an influx of new workers and more steady competition than in years past. However, some industry jobs within both fields are more in-demand than others.

So which of these construction and building products industry jobs are the most popular as we kick off 2018? Which positions in each of these industries are consistently growing and expanding?

Read on to learn the top five most in-demand jobs in the construction and building products industries.

Construction Manager

While the success of every construction project relies on the talents and work ethic of a team of people, there is one individual whose job it is to run the whole show: the construction manager.

A construction manager organizes, budgets, and oversees construction projects from beginning to end. Most of their time is spent at the construction site, where they supervise the project and make key decisions on a daily basis.

Their responsibilities require them to be flexible when it comes to hitting deadlines and reacting to emergencies. They are also expected to work extensive hours, earning an average income of about $90,000 per year.

Due to the crucial role that construction managers play in the industry, their positions will always be in high demand. Over the next decade, employment for construction managers is expected to grow by 11%.


Roofers take on the physically demanding job of replacing, repairing, and installing roofs of buildings. In order to do this, they use many different materials, from shingles to bitumen to metal.

More often than not, roofers’ work requires heavy lifting, climbing, and bending. It can be a lot for their bodies to take, especially in warmer weather during the summer, which is typically when roofers work the most.

As of right now, roofers earn an average of about $37,000 a year in their field. Similar to the case with construction managers, employment for roofers is projected to grow 11% from now until 2026.

Construction Laborer

One job in the construction industry that will always be in-demand is construction laborer.

Working as a construction laborer does not require a formal education and mostly consists of on-the-job training. It serves as a great entry-level position for those looking to join the construction industry.

However, construction laborers’ work is not simple or easy. They perform many different tasks on the construction site, all of which are physically demanding in one way or another. That is one of the reasons why construction laborers have one of the highest rates of injury and illness of all occupations in all industries.

The average annual earning for construction laborers is roughly $32,000. Employment in this field is expected to grow 13% over the next decade, faster than most other occupations.

Branch Manager

Branch managers in the building products industry are typically responsible for daily operations, P&L, managing and developing the business’ staff, budgeting, and managing inventory.

Branch managers’ tasks can extend from cost and margin control to ensuring that deliveries arrive on time. It all depends on the company they are working for.

One thing that is consistent within the industry, though, is that a branch manager is a position of leadership. He or she is expected to not only lead the business that they are a part of but grow and develop it into something even stronger and better.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, operations specialties managers, the category that branch manager fall into, earn roughly $112,000 a year and can expect to see employment within their field grow 12% from now through 2026.

Sales Manager

Sales managers are not in as high demand as branch managers within the building products industry. The field’s projected growth of employment over the next decade is quite average at 7%.

However, while there isn’t much of a visible push for sales managers right now, these are still valuable positions that will always need to be filled. In fact, a simple job search reveals that the majority of current openings within the buildings products industry are for sales managers.

Therefore, while there is a disparity between sales managers’ projected growth of employment and that of branch managers, these types of positions still remain viable and consistent, if not exciting, opportunities for both candidates and recruiters within the building products industry.

Wrapping Up

Whether you are a recruiter or a candidate in the construction and building products industries, it will be important to keep these five in-demand jobs in mind as 2018 continues.

Remember that employment in these fields will keep growing at a steady pace of the next decade. There will always be a need for more construction managers, glaziers, plumbers, branch managers, and sales managers from now through 2026.

Do you have any other questions or concerns regarding the construction and building products industries? If so, please contact us so we can help!

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