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Are we facing a construction worker shortage?

With all the development planned for the area, will there be enough construction workers to fill the demand?

Posted: Sep 26, 2019 5:46 PM

The Mohawk Valley is seeing signs of growth. Everything from a distribution Center in Rome, to a multi-million dollar manufacturing plant in Marcy. All that growth is increasing the demand for construction workers. Mike Bushardt says that demand is also driving up salaries.

"The trades right now, there’s been an uptick in salaries because of the demand and the shortage ok, but if you want to keep making more money you got to have that leadership potential."

Mike Bushardt is the Chief Estimator for Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation. He tells us there’s currently a shortage of construction workers, and the industry is trying to groom our youth for the future.

"The youth that’s coming in you know, we identified those leaders. You know maybe they’re still an apprentice today, maybe some are just AdJourney men, but we’re already grooming them to start… to step into the role of foreman, and then superintendent."

Bushardt tells us it’s not that difficult to get a job in the construction industry, but recommends an advanced education, and experience.

"Because we know in 2 years 3 years 4 years, we need them, and we need them to have the experience. That’s not going to go away either. It’s the same as the demand for the skilled tradesman grows, so does the demand for the office workers behind them."

If construction work interests you, BOCES, MVCC, and Utica College offer programs, but Bushardt says don’t show up without motivation.

"If you want to work, you’re going to have a good job, and you’re going to get paid well. It’s that easy."

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