Booming Arkansas Industry: Construction

By Arkansas Next on Friday, October 13, 2023

Construction by the Numbers

 5,500 - number of new construction jobs added in Arkansas from April 2022 to April 2023

 61,900 - estimated number of Arkansans employed in construction

 7,700 - construction establishments in Arkansas

► 7.8 million people employed in the U.S. construction industry

► 5.8 billionconstruction's contribution to Arkansas' Gross Domestic Product

 Construction is the 12th largest industry in the United States

► 4% projected job growth in the industry over the next 10 years

► 4% of the country’s GDP comes from construction

► 5% industry unemployment rate in 2022 — the second lowest!

► 94% of construction workers are men

► Help Wanted! The retirement of a large number of construction pros in the next 10 years will create thousands of job openings.

 390,000 construction job openings per month nationwide in 2022—the highest among all industries!

 NO. 3 - Arkansas ranked third among all states that had construction job gains from April 2022-April 2023.

 Best Construction Companies to Work for in Arkansas

  • Nabholz Construction
  • VCC Construction
  • The Systems Group
  • Lexicon Inc.
  • Dyke Industries
  • Multi-Craft
  • Acoustic Emission Inspection
  • Kinco Constructors
  • National Roofing Co.
  • RGB Mechanical Contractors

(Sources: Associated General Contractors of America,,,

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More Jobs in Construction

TradeWhat They DoEducation Level NeededMedian Salary in AR
Construction Laborers Perform physical labor at construction sites and operating hand and power tools of all types. Less than one month of on-the-job training $34,230
Construction Inspectors Inspect structures to determine integrity and compliance with building codes and other regulations. 1-12 months of on-the-job training $49,030
Painters Paint walls, equipment and other structural surfaces, using brushes and rollers. 1-12 months of on-the-job training $37,950
First-line Supervisor of Construction Workers Supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers. High school diploma or equivalent $59,150
Carpenters Construct, erect, install or repair structures and fixtures made of wood and comparable materials. Apprenticeship $39,620
Wood Model Makers Construct full-size and scale wooden precision models of products. 1-12 months of on-the-job training $46,940
Estimators Prepare cost estimates for construction projects or services to aid management in bidding on or determining the price of service. Associate or bachelor’s degree $62,380
Sheet Metal Workers Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Apprenticeship $42,510
Masons and Finshers Smooth and finish surfaces of poured concrete, such as floors, walks, sidewalks, roads, or curbs using a variety of hand and power tools. 1-12 months of on-the-job training $39,940
Construction Managers Plan, direct or coordinate, usually through subcontractors, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures and facilities. Bachelor’s degree $76,550
Brickmasons and Blockmasons Lay and bind building materials, such as brick, tile, concrete, cinder block and more, to construct or repair structures. Apprenticeship $47,840
Roofers Cover roofs of structures with shingles, slate, asphalt, aluminum, wood, including materials to seal, insulate or soundproof structures. 1-12 months of on-the-job training $38,270
Landscape Architects Plan and design land areas for projects such as parks and other recreational facilities. Bachelor’s degree and internship $47,840