NAHB Survey: Only 3 Percent of Young Adults Consider the Construction Trades for Career

The National Association of Home Builders recently surveyed adults ages 18 to 25 to gauge how this age group feels about a career in the trades. Although the majority of young adults (74 percent) say they know the field in which they want to have a career, only 3 percent are interested in the construction trades.

The trades didn’t even rank high among the 26 percent of respondents who said they had no career path. These respondents were asked a follow-up question that asked them to rank the possibilities for picking construction as well as a number of other fields.

Using a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 meant ‘no chance no matter the pay’ and 5 meant ‘very good chance if the pay is high,’ construction trades got an average rating of 2.1. The majority (63 percent) rated it 1 or 2 (no or little chance regardless of pay) and 18 percent gave it a 4 or 5 (good to very good chance if pay is high).

For reasons why the undecided young adults gave for not choosing the trades, click here.

Source: The National Association of Home Builders

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