College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Edward Boucher, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The curriculum that incorporated skilled trades has vanished from many high schools, and more students are encouraged to attend college instead of pursuing trades. People view construction labor positions as jobs instead of careers. The construction industry is facing a substantial labor shortage amongst skilled laborers throughout the whole industry. Not enough people know how beneficial a career in the construction labor force can be. If more people knew about these career opportunities, they might have a greater interest in pursuing a career as a skilled tradesperson. To comprehend students’ understanding of the construction industry and examine where we can expose students to construction opportunities, a survey was conducted amongst high school students. The survey approach gauged the student’s basic knowledge of the industry. It helped specify areas where institutions can better support their students to provide them with career opportunities within marginalized communities and first-generation students not pursuing higher education. This research allowed for a collective understanding of students’ basic knowledge and presented potential approaches or programs to reintroduced into curriculums. This paper presents data analysis and suggests how the information gathered could create solutions/programs to ameliorate the workforce shortage to combat the industry’s future demand.

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