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SALT LAKE CITY (KSL News Services) -- Many residents throughout the state are looking for work and might be pondering a career change. Perhaps you should consider a career in the construction industry. The state is holding a construction career day at the state fairgrounds today because there is a shortage of construction workers.
Melisa Stark with the Department Of Workforce Services says with an aging work population and a huge number of new construction projects underway, more workers are needed now. “We expect about 5,000 high school students and about 400 educators.”
The purpose of career day is to convince high school students to consider the occupation. “They will get to operate heavy equipment. They’ll get to work with cement, do some brick laying, do some painting, see how they work with a nail gun,” she says.
The average construction worker is in their 40’s and younger people are needed. She says workers make a livable family wage and workers who start early in life can move quickly into management positions.
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