Today’s buildings-related professionals and tradespeople make use of a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, including building information modeling (BIM), computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), smart controls, and renewable energy systems (such as solar photovoltaics and wind) to deliver high-performance buildings. Yet finding skilled professionals who know how to use these technologies is increasingly becoming a challenge in many building industry sectors.
Moreover, the current buildings-related workforce in the United States is aging; the retirement of a significant number of industry professionals is imminent; and other fields already are competing for today’s capable students. The need to reach out and educate the next generation of professionals is becoming increasingly imperative, according to the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS).
NIBS recently rolled out a new Building Sciences Career Center to help inspire high school students to become interested in a career in the building industry. The online Career Center features interviews with a dozen industry professionals who represent various disciplines from across the industry, and offers materials and planning tools to assist students in identifying a pathway for education and employment in the industry.