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The Construction industry is primarily engaged in the construction of buildings or engineering projects (e.g., highways and utility systems). The preparation of sites for new construction and subdividing land for sale as building sites also are included in this industry.

Construction work  includes new work, additions, alterations, or maintenance and repairs. It is generally managed at a fixed place of business, but can also occur at multiple project sites. Production responsibilities are usually specified in (1) contracts with the owners of construction projects or (2) contracts with other construction establishments (subcontracts).

The Construction industry subsectors in high-demand in the Houston-Galveston area are:

  • Residential Building Construction
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Utility System Construction
  • Foundation, Structure, & Building Exterior Contractors
  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Building Finishing Contractors
  • Other Specialty Trade Contractors

 Industry 

 Annual
 Employment

 Absolute Change

 Percent Change

 Average Weekly Wages

 2016

 2026

 Construction

  196,550

 234,126

 37,576

 19.1%

 

Residential Building Construction

  12,416 

 16,310

 3,894

 31.4%

 $1,660

 Nonresidential Building Construction

  43,077

 45,113

 2,036

 4.7%

 $1,898

 Utility System Construction

  30,358

  39,550

 9,192

 30.3%

 $1,775

 Foundation, Structure, & Building Exterior Contractors

  23,961

  29,172

 5,211

 21.7%

 $991

 Building Equipment Contractors

  48,213

  57,524

 9,311

 19.3%

 $1,213

Building Finishing Contractors

  19,526

  23,220

 3,684

 18.9%

 $937

Other Speciality Trade Contractors

 18,999

 23,237

 4,238

 22.3%

 $1,193

 


*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend,
Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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