Learn about industry career opportunities

A shortage of skilled labor exists across the country and North Carolina’s booming construction market is not immune to it.  Workers are needed to help our industry companies design, build, repair and maintain high performance homes and buildings.  

National Job Shortage for Skilled Workers

There’s a well-known and long-lasting national shortage of skilled workers that makes “joining the trades” or putting a college education to use in an industry like building performance more valuable than ever.  Don’t believe us?  Click here to learn what TV host Mike Rowe thinks about the problem facing America’s economy.  Learn more about the national job shortage and what’s being done to address it from these resources:

Watch this short video on “exploring the trades” that highlights job opportunities that don’t require a four-year degree program.

Addressing the Skilled Worker Shortage in North Carolina

What’s happening in North Carolina to address this issue in our state?

How NCBPA is Helping

NCBPA works with member companies, educational institutions, local municipalities, nonprofits and other trade organizations to create and promote workforce development opportunities across the state.  We’re constantly on the lookout for new ways to bring more workers to our industry companies.

As listed in our Strategic Plan, NCBPA is committed to offering industry professionals career planning, placement, development and continuing education opportunities and resources.  This work includes:

  1. Establishing strong industry-supported credentialing, certification and licensing standards.

  2. Marketing career opportunities to high school, community college and university students.

  3. Improving the perception of career opportunities in our industry’s skilled trade positions.

  4. Offering and promoting internship, co-op and apprenticeship programs across the state.

  5. Offering continuing education, networking and other workshops and events.

NCBPA is so committed to supporting students entering our workforce that the association offers a free membership to interested students!  Simply fill out the form on our website to begin receiving weekly industry newsletters, access to educational webinars, discounts to industry events and much more!

Additionally, here are some NCBPA resources to help improve or kickoff your career in our industry:

Types of Industry Jobs

What other jobs are available?  Lots!  Here’s a listing of just some of the many jobs in North Carolina’s building performance industry:

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Architect or Designer
  • Builder or Developer
  • Building commissioning
  • Building performance contracting
  • Building performance diagnostics and consulting
  • Crawlspace Specialist
  • Duct Sealing and Repair Specialist
  • Energy Auditor:
  • Energy Engineer
  • Energy Manager
  • Energy Modeling Technician
  • Home Energy Rater:
    • Click here for an infographic on HERS rating industry careers for young professionals.
  • HVAC design, installation and maintenance
    • Click here for an interesting article from an industry pro who found a career in HVAC.
  • Insulation Installer
  • Lighting Systems Efficiency Specialist
  • Mechanical Systems/ Appliance Efficiency Specialist
  • Office and operations management
  • Project management
  • Sales
  • Utility program administrator
  • Weatherization Specialist

College and University Programs

Several North Carolina colleges, community colleges and universities have programs specializing in various areas of building performance including sustainability technologies, architecture and more.  Visit these programs below for more information, and check your local institutions to see what they have to offer!

Certification and Credentialing Programs

Need some help determining which certification and credentialing program is the best fit for you?  Here’s some helpful information to get you started:

Career Paths

We’re just one of many organizations seeking to bring information on career paths to our industry.  Check back for more information throughout the year!

  • Click here for information on building up your “green” credentials.

Additional Resources