The construction industry is thriving nationwide, but as baby boomers continue to retire, the gap in finding qualified workers to hire continues to increase. Over the past few decades, our society has moved away from the idea of going into a skilled trade as a successful career path and opting for a degree in higher education as the preference. One of our many goals within CCDI is to help change the stigma of skilled trade careers by cultivating renewed interest in apprenticeship programs and vocational schools.

What we can offer jobseekers interested in the industry?

The construction industry can offer both job security and a comfortable living wage. But most skilled trade positions in construction require formal training or an apprenticeship program. CCDI’s mission is to help guide jobseekers through the workforce development system, offering support and guidance toward successful employment and promotion. And for those desiring higher education, CCDI can provide assistance and mentorship as jobseekers work and learn to attain their degree.

Construction Trades

Professional Degrees

First Year Apprenticeship:
$12 – $19 per hour
$30 – $40K Annual Pay Range
(based on year round 40 hour work week)
Full Journeyman (after apprenticeship)
$28 – $50 per hour
$50 – $100K Annual Pay Range
(based on year round 40 hour work week)
First Year Working:
2-Year Associates Degree
$35 – $50K Annual Pay Range
(based on year round 40 hour work week)
4-Year Bachelors Degree
$50 – $75K Annual Pay Range
(based on year round 40 hour work week)

Multitude of Career Paths

For decades now, our society’s emphasis on jobseekers needing to attain a 4-year degree to be successful has created a system that perpetuates a stigma against other career paths and a staggering amount of student loan debt. While there are fields in construction that do require a degree, there are just as many that can offer an immediate income while completing trade school or apprenticeship training.


The construction industry is a multi-faceted one that needs people working together in diverse roles. From large construction companies dealing with engineering, architecture and design to the multiple trades responsible for actually constructing the projects. Journeymen, electricians, roofers, carpenters, plumbers, etc.. Everyone involved has a key role and are essential not only in the successful completion of a project, but also to our overall economy. And there are thousands of jobs that need to be filled to keep it growing.
Apprentice Scholars
Professional Degree

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