Despite the recent recession, the construction industry remains a vital part of the nation’s economy. As the current generation of workers grows older, the industry is beginning to face a lack of skilled workers. In addition to the growing need for workers, the industry has traditionally had a difficult time attracting younger workers to enlist in its trades due to stereotypes such as low wages and opportunities and the work taking place in a dirty and dangerous environment. The aim of this study was to determine and document the attitudes of post-high school adults about the construction industry. Understanding these attitudes could help construction companies and trade schools develop recruitment and training programs that attract younger workers to the industry. A survey was conducted and the respondents’ answers were analyzed statistically in order to determine general attitudes, differences in attitudes within the population, and differences between their attitudes and opinions and those of high school students. The results of the study show that many of the traditional stereotypes connected with construction, such as a dirty work environment, still exist. However, post-high school adults are increasingly aware of the opportunities and competitive wages available in construction-related jobs. Significant differences in responses were also found within the populations when looking at gender, age, and education level. Lastly, post-high school adults were found to have more favorable opinions of the construction industry than students in high school.
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