So you have narrowed down your Career Fields in Construction and types of jobs you want to work on…So which jobs are actually available in South FL…that’s the question. Well, If you ever wanted to be a bricklayer, dental assistant, auditor or massage therapist, now’s your chance; Those jobs are among the top occupations, in either percentage growth or annual job openings, in a new forecast by Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity. Residents looking for a career should look to those occupations that have a large number of openings and are experiencing faster growth, the state said.
Construction and medical jobs have the largest number of job openings in South Florida. They also were in the top 10 for the last two years, the state said.”That’s where the big opportunities are. Those two areas have been leading the growth in South Florida, and they continue to do that,” said Mekael Teshome, Florida economist for PNC Bank. “We’re not seeing too many retail jobs. That is a good thing,” Teshome said of the forecast. He said that’s probably because retail job growth has been so strong in recent years.
Teshome said the expected job growth is likely due to three trends: the region’s fast-rising population, its aging population and the housing rebound:
In construction, demand for bricklayers has increased by 6 percent over a year ago, with 255 openings in Palm Beach, 255 in Broward and 49 in Miami-Dade, and cement masons by nearly 5 percent, with 728 openings in Palm Beach, 728 in Broward and 119 in Miami-Dade.
Carpenters are in demand as well, with 181 openings for carpenters in Palm Beach, 225 openings in Broward and a whopping 2,632 openings in Miami-Dade. Miami-Dade also has openings for some 1,000 roofers. Peter Dyga, president and chief executive of Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter, said the association is seeing that swell in job openings with its members. Construction “has a strong future in terms of demand,” he said.
But the industry has been having trouble filling new construction worker jobs and is scrambling to train new craftsman. Many workers left the industry during Florida’s housing crisis and baby boomers continue to retire. At the same time, the industry hasn’t been able to attract enough new workers out of high school or those looking for new careers.
The jobs are an opportunity for good pay and even working toward owning a business, Dyga said. “Anybody who has a plumber or electrician to their house knows they’re highly paid. You can start with the tools on your belt and work up to become a company owner.”
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