Engineers, architects, and other professions associated with the building industry have always been in-demand overseas particularly in countries of the Middle East region. Today, however, another door of opportunity opens with another promising destination: the city of New York in the United States of America.
The United States of America (USA) is facing labor shortage not only in their healthcare sector but also in the field of construction. One of the wealthiest cities in the USA is experiencing a boom in their construction industry.
This can be considered as an aftermath of the September 11 attack in World Trade Center. The construction sector dimmed after the bombing, but now five years after, one of the largest building booms in the history of New York has started.
It is said that the USA has always relied on foreign workers whenever the need for laborers for construction projects arises. Now, New York is once again ready to accept foreign workers to fill the open positions.
The New York Building Congress, an alliance of construction businesses in the said city expresses the need for more lenient immigration policies to make the recruitment of foreign workers easier and faster. Tens of thousands immigrant workers are predicted to be hired n the next year or two.
According to a report from the Building Congress, majority of the 275,000 (123,000) employees currently employed in New York are young immigrants. The president of the Building Congress, Richard T. Anderson, said, "We have a big stake in reasonable immigration legislation.”
The estimated salary for professions in the construction industry is as follows:
heavy and civil construction (USD 68,900)
architectural and engineering services (USD 68,000)
real estate (USD 47,600) and building services (USD 32,800),