Specialty Trade Contractors

OJT for Specialty Trade Contractors: NAICS 238

The Specialty Trade Contractors subsector is part of the Construction sector.

The Specialty Trade Contractors subsector includes the following industries:

  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Building Finishing Contractors
  • Other Specialty Trade Contractors

Largest Occupations

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in size, for this subsector through 2026. It also shows the educational requirements and OJT requirements for these top-sized occupations. The OJT.com training directory provides a listing of the state-by-state training providers that can fulfill your on-the-job training requirements.

Largest Occupations in Subsector, Projected for 2026

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Electricians 491.7 10.3 10.5 High school diploma or equivalent Apprenticeship
Construction laborers 376.6 7.9 12.0 No formal educational credential Short-term on-the-job training
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 372.9 7.8 19.4 High school diploma or equivalent Apprenticeship
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 262.5 5.5 19.5 Postsecondary nondegree award Long-term on-the-job training
Carpenters 247.4 5.2 10.1 High school diploma or equivalent Apprenticeship
First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers 217.2 4.6 11.7 High school diploma or equivalent None
Painters, construction and maintenance 156.1 3.3 2.9 No formal educational credential Moderate-term on-the-job training
Office clerks, general 143.7 3.0 2.0 High school diploma or equivalent Short-term on-the-job training
Cement masons and concrete finishers 137.4 2.9 12.2 No formal educational credential Moderate-term on-the-job training
Roofers 121.1 2.5 12.5 No formal educational credential Moderate-term on-the-job training

Growth Occupations

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in growth, for this subsector through 2026. It also shows the educational requirements and OJT requirements for these top-growth occupations. The OJT.com training directory provides a listing of the state-by-state training providers that can fulfill your on-the-job training requirements.

Highest Growth Occupations in Subsector, Projected thru 2026

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Subsector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Solar photovoltaic installers 18.8 0.4 148.1 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate-term on-the-job training
Computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic 0.1 0.0 31.8 High school diploma or equivalent Long-term on-the-job training
Lawyers 0.3 0.0 29.9 Doctoral or professional degree None
Software developers, applications 0.5 0.0 26.8 Bachelor’s degree None
Financial managers 6.8 0.1 24.3 Bachelor’s degree None
Market research analysts and marketing specialists 2.3 0.0 24.3 Bachelor’s degree None
Stationary engineers and boiler operators 0.3 0.0 19.6 High school diploma or equivalent Long-term on-the-job training
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 262.5 5.5 19.5 Postsecondary nondegree award Long-term on-the-job training
Helpers–pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 52.1 1.1 19.5 High school diploma or equivalent Short-term on-the-job training
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 372.9 7.8 19.4 High school diploma or equivalent Apprenticeship

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