To address the widening gap between demand and qualified individuals, The Construction Association of Michigan has developed our CORE program. CORE stands for Construction - Opportunities - Resources - Education. This website is a terrific resource connecting you to information about starting or advancing your career in construction.
In Michigan, the need for qualified construction professionals and skilled trades is at an all-time high. According to the Bureau or Labor Statistics, skilled trades, including carpentry, heavy equipment operators, laborers, and others earn an average wage of$22 per hour. Construction managers average $44 per hour. In addition, individuals employed in the industry are provided with a career ladder full of opportunities that don't exist in other employment sectors.
"Like many in-demand fields, the construction industry is facing a shortage of workers. One of the most common issues is the lack of knowledge that Michigan workers have about in-demand careers and training programs. We need to address this issue, as early as possible, by identifying employers’ talent needs and connecting individuals with the many unique career opportunities that are here today."
– Gov. Rick Snyder
Click here to visit the State of Michigan's Career Explorer page and learn more about opportunities in Michigan.
CAM and its member companies encourage you to check out the following links and start your career today.
Each year, in Michigan, an average of 470 students graduate with credentials in construction management. If you too are interested in a career in construction management, Michigan has 24 construction management schools for you to choose from. You can expect to pay an average of $7,918 per year in tuition for a degree in construction management in Michigan state.
The largest construction management school in Michigan, by student population, is Ferris State University. It is located in Big Rapids. Approximately 79 students graduated with a construction management degree from Ferris State University in 2009, which was 17% of the total state construction management graduates for that year. Tuition at Ferris State University, was $9,480 per year in 2010.
Construction Manager is the most popular career choice for those who graduate with credentials in construction management. Approximately 27,380 construction managers are currently working in Michigan. This number is projected to increase to 30,100 by the year 2018. This indicates a 9% change in the number of construction managers in Michigan.
In Michigan, as a construction manager, you can expect to earn a salary of anywhere from less than $20,554 per year to more than $50,475 per year. But the median salary for construction managers earn $31,936 per year, in Michigan.
Popular Degree Programs Scholarship/Funding Sources
Oakland Community College Mike Rowe Works Foundation
Ferris State University National Association of Women in Construction
Michigan State University Associated General Contractors
Central Michigan University ACE Mentor Program
Eastern Michigan University Greater Michigan Construction Academy
Michigan Technological University Ferris State Construction Program Scholarships
Troops to Trades: Scholarships for Veterans
If you were the child fascinated with Lego, Tinker Toys, and Erector Sets, a career in the skilled trades is a perfect fit. Enrolling in an apprenticeship through a union generally requires a high school diploma or GED, 18 years of age, and a valid drivers license. While earning your Journeyman status, you can be paid to attend school and work! The market for building trades is heating up and Michigan does not have enough workers to fill the available positions. Click the links below to learn more about skilled trades.