Building the People Who Build America

Advance your career in the exciting world of construction, development and engineering. Opportunities in these industries are limitless. Create and build bridges between impossible challenges and life enhancing solutions. Construction, development and engineering are fundamental to all aspects of our life.



Engineers, Problem Solvers
Engineers are problem solvers. They are presented with a challenge and design the best solution that not only meets their client’s needs in the short-term, but address long-term challenges that might not be readily apparent to the untrained eye.
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Engineers, Trusted Advisors
Engineers are advocates for progress. Working with both public and private clients, they apply their technological expertise and design vision to improve the structure of the world in which we live.
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Job openings set record
The construction industry set a new record with 382,000 job openings in construction at the end of December.
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Video: Why are millennials not going into construction?
Michael Bellaman, Associated Builders and Contractors CEO, explains the workforce shortage and ABC’s efforts to get more millennials interested in jobs in sectors such as construction.
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Find your future in construction!
Paths to education through scholarships, awards, and faculty internships are available!
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Who is the Construction Manager?
The CM may be a member of the owner's team, a consultant from a professional services firm, or a member of the general contractor's team.
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Construction

Construction is a great career path with limitless possibilities! A four-year degree is not required to become a craft professional and advance professionally in the field. Through apprenticeship, work-based learning and continuing education programs, construction workers can earn while they learn and continually hone their skills. But students who want a college experience also will find plentiful jobs in construction as the industry continues to thrive.

Today’s young people who choose to enter construction professions will not only be constructing bridges better designed to weather natural disasters, building energy-efficient manufacturing facilities and renovating historical buildings, but also contributing to a safer, stronger and more secure America.

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Development

Developers can be individuals, small partnerships, or large companies. Some operate in a single market, such as Houston or Atlanta, while others focus on a larger region, such as the northeastern United States, or even on the entire country. A few U.S. developers operate globally. Some developers maintain a small staff and outsource many development functions, while others employ a large number of professionals and perform most development functions in-house. Developers engage in either for-sale residential development or commercial development, which includes income-producing rental apartments.

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Engineering

Engineers are problem solvers.  They are presented with a challenge and design the best solution that not only meets their client’s needs in the short-term, but address long-term challenges that might not be readily apparent to the untrained eye. Engineers are advocates for progress. Working with both public and private clients, they apply their technological expertise and design vision to improve the structure of the world in which we live.

They create and build bridges between impossible challenges and life enhancing solutions whether they’re making air and water cleaner, providing energy platforms to power our nation, or creating innovations so that communities can learn, heal, and inspire. Engineering remains fundamental to all aspects of our life, health, and welfare.

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Construction, Development & Engineering Sector

Skills Most Important to CRE Development
Finding, training and retaining talent has grown more challenging for commercial real estate development firms in recent years.
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Construction Management as a Career Choice
As a student, when we think about construction, we know there are multiple parties involved: the architects/ engineers who design it, and the contractors who build it. But who pulls it all together, working with all teams to ensure project success? It’s the Construction Manager (or Project Manager), a construction consultant skilled in leading teams, with expertise to include managing budgets, schedules, safety, risk, and quality control efforts.
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Francis M. Keville Scholarship
The CMAA Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2023 Francis M. Keville Scholarship.
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ABC’s 2023 Young Professional of the year: Matt Terry
Meet ABC’s 2023 Young Professional of the year: Matt Terry! The Young Professional of the Year is an industry professional under the age of 40 who is employed by an ABC member company and is chosen based on leadership qualities, career achievement and vision for the future of commercial and industrial construction.
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What’s Working for the Workplace
The global pandemic fundamentally changed how we work and our expectations of the office. Over a period of time, Gensler surveyed 2,000 U.S. workers as they were returning to the office to understand the new role of the office, what’s working and not, and what’s missing in the work experience.
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Exploring Careers in Commercial Real Estate
There are many exciting and diverse careers in commercial real estate (CRE), including architecture, brokerage, construction and development, law, property and asset management.
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Construction Manager-in-Training
Just starting your career? The Construction Manager-in-Training stackable credentials focus on the fundamentals of construction management practice and offer a pathway to becoming a competent and successful construction manager. Get started here:
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ABC: Florida and Arizona Are the Best States for Construction
For the fourth time, Florida claimed the top spot in Associated Builders and Contractors’ eighth annual Merit Shop Scorecard, a ranking of all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on policies and programs that strengthen career pathways in construction, encourage workforce development and advocate for fair and open competition on taxpayer-funded construction projects.
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Building the People Who Build America
Reina was shuffling from job to job trying to make ends meet. Then, she found ABC, passed her entrance exam, and was placed with an electrical company. She’s now an electrical inspector with the City of San Diego.
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Construction Employment Increases by 16,000 in August, Says ABC
The construction industry added 16,000 jobs on net in August, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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PODCAST: Advancing Construction Careers for Women and Minorities
Listen: ABC IDE Director Tia Perry joins Women Talk Construction to discuss how ABC and its members are advancing construction careers for women and minorities.
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ABC: Members Invested $1.6 Billion in Construction Workforce Education to Upskill 1.3 Million in 2021
Associated Builders and Contractors member contractors invested $1.6 billion to provide more than 1.3 million course attendees with craft, leadership and safety education in 2021, according to its 2022 Workforce Development Survey.
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