College

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department

Construction Management Department

Degree Name

BS in Construction Management

Date

6-2019

Advisor(s)

Thomas Kommer, Phil Barlow

Abstract/Summary

Does Spanish bilingualism have measurable fiscal value in the U.S. construction industry? Studying and becoming proficient in Spanish is feasible, affordable, and can be accomplished at Cal Poly in conjunction with a Construction Management major. In a dynamic industry that values versatile employees, where communication is key to success, the capability of speaking Spanish is a substantial value-add in the workforce. Using qualitative and quantitative data analysis, it is concluded that individuals who possess English and Spanish-speaking abilities in the U.S. construction industry can expect a 3 percent wage premium when compared to English-only speakers. This study weighs the costs associated with acquiring a Spanish minor and the requisite increase in salary. Additionally, this paper highlights the industry’s growing need for Spanish-speaking construction managers as it pertains to safety, communication, and efficiency.

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