Construction is booming in the Chicagoland area. Employment has risen 17% since 2013 and wages have grown just under 12%. Major projects throughout Chicagoland area will provide an opportunity for stable employment in the industry for years to come. New training initiatives and projected job growth will provide opportunities to increase the diversity of the construction workforce and open opportunities for more women to build viable and long term careers in the industry.
Manufacturing & Metal Working
The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the need for welders is expected to grow by 26% by 2020, making welding one of the fastest growing professions. Welding is an essential component of many industries such as manufacturing, construction, transportation, aviation, automotive, and maritime, making welding a highly skilled, high wage, in demand occupation.