You’re ready for the next step. And sitting still isn’t it. If you’ve got a knack for fixing, making and doing, the remodeling industry needs you!

NOW HIRING: Creators, Problem-Solvers and Leaders!

Are you a hands-on person? Do you enjoy working on projects? Do you like math? If you answered yes to all of these questions, you might consider pursuing a degree in Construction Trades.

“The jobs that exist right now, don’t require massive debt. They require a willingness to learn a skill that’s actually in demand.”
– Mike Rowe.



  • The average debt for a trades career is less than $10,000 compared to nearly $150,000 for a 4-year degree
  • A career in the trades offers you an active lifestyle as opposed to being locked inside 5 days a week
  • Construction is one of the industries with the highest projections for new employment opportunities.
  • Most earn a stable income in their first year out of high school
  • There are a large variety of career options, from carpentry to landscaping to electrical, plumbing, air conditioning, masonry, cabinetry and more.
  • Construction is projected to add 864,700 new jobs by 2026.
  • Employment is estimated to grow 12% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, increasing from 6.71 million jobs to 7.58 million jobs.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for all construction jobs was $51,220 in May 2018. (For comparison, the median annual wage for all occupations in that same period was $51,960.)




For hands-on learners excited by the idea of getting out of the classroom, working in the trades can get your career started NOW. There are many good-paying, quality jobs that allow you to build life-long skills and a successful career in the process. From carpentry and masonry to plumbing, landscaping and more, there are many professions to explore, with the opportunity to grow and advance your skills and salary. Best of all: they’re hiring now, with job openings increasing every year! And the Austin NARI Workforce Development Foundation is here to guide and assist you.