Home Building provides a rewarding career path for women. Builders and remodelers in the Upstate are seeking skilled artisans and professionals, including carpenters, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians and painters. With women making up about half of the workforce, here are some reasons why women should consider a fulfilling career in Home Building.

Competitive Pay. A pay gap exists between men and women across most industries, but not in construction.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women in the construction industry earn 97 cents for every dollar a man earns, much better than the 80 cents in the rest of the workforce.

Job Opportunities. Unfilled jobs in construction reached a post-recession high earlier this year. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the residential construction industry is one of the few sectors where demand for new workers has risen and significant shortages of labor continues to exist.

Scholarships. The National Housing Endowment offers several student scholarships and programs and the American Council for Construction Education has resources available for students interested in teaching opportunities in the field.

Network of Experts. A growing community of women in construction are willing to mentor and share insights with women entering the field. The Professional Women in Building Council of the Upstate is a group within the Home Builders Association of Greenville dedicated to empowering and supporting women in Home Building.

A Sense of Accomplishment. A career in Home Building brings a sense of satisfaction for completing high-quality work that contributes to the industry, our community, and the American Dream.

Upstate Parade of Homes

The Upstate Parade of Homes, produced by the Home Builders Association of Greenville and presented by Ryan Homes, is back again in October.  The Upstate Parade of Homes presented by Ryan Homes will feature more than 30 new homes by the top Approved Professional Builders in the Upstate.  The Parade also will spotlight our Signature Community, Riverstone by Ryan Homes, a community of more than 450 new homes near Simpsonville, and our Featured Community, Ridgewalk Cottages by Rosewood Communities in Greer.

Homes are open to the public 12 noon until 5 p.m. daily on October 11-13 and October 18-20.  Admission to the homes requires a complimentary ticket.  Visit UpstateParadeofHomes.com for information and tickets and download our App in your phone’s app store.