Between software and equipment designed for workforce automation and the rapid advances in virtual reality, concerns for job security continue to rise across the nation. As a proactive business owner, you need to leverage technology to optimize operations and drive business outcomes. While technology can certainly create efficiencies, as part of the construction industry, hands-on skilled labor will always be required.

Workforce Automation—It’s Not All Bad

In the last decade, construction professionals have embraced software and technology designed for remote monitoring, mobile communications, integrated reporting, and in-depth data points. Architects and engineers leverage technology for creating life-like, 3- and 4-dimensional renderings, maintaining compliance with local building ordinances and codes, and delivering precise calculations.

With the multiple efficiencies delivered by advanced automation, it is far easier to control costs, minimize risks, track progress in real-time, and keep all departments and investors informed. We even benefit from intelligent equipment that supports our skilled labor in delivering quality craftsmanship, without eliminating the need for their specialized skillset.

Skilled Labor Requires A Human Touch

In their infographic The Technical Potential for Automation in the US, global management and consulting firm McKinsey & Company has shared their in-depth insights on the likelihood of robots and technology replacing humans. The infographic highlights 19 industries in which widespread automation is least likely, and both construction and architecture make the list.

For those of us who work in construction, this comes as no surprise. While we can leverage technology on our behalf, a hands-on, human touch is required for innovation, expert craftsmanship, and quality control.

Evolving Technology Actually Increases The Interest to Work In The Construction Industry

Even with the nationwide job shortage and attractive job security, not everyone is cut out for skilled labor, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a spot for you in the AEC industry. Every construction company requires business development managers, marketing service managers, HR professionals, scheduling, CFOs, and a long list of office-based employees who specialize in construction.

Skilled laborers have long been the cornerstone of the construction industry. Regardless of the size, scope, budget, location, or innovative plans, the ones who bring a project from paper to design are our tenured and naturally talented blue collar workers. These are demanding positions that require ongoing training, discipline, teamwork, and superior attention to detail.

If you are considering a career change or looking for a job in construction, we would love to hear from you!