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What’s Hot: Construction | February 2024


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As the ground starts to thaw and Spring arrives, so does the start of construction season. From the $1.2 trillion in federal funding for infrastructure projects to an increased focus on modernizing the electrical grid across the U.S., state and local municipalities are as motivated as they’ve ever been to break ground on critical construction projects. For example, underground utilities, roads, highways, bridges, treatment facilities, railways, and more. The demand for all levels of construction professionals, management through skilled trades continues trending at an all time high.

Over the last year, Planet Forward saw the following trends in the construction industry.

Key findings in the Construction industry:

The top job titles requested were:

  • Assistant Project Manager
  • Staff Project Controls Specialist
  • Construction Manager
  • Project Field Manager
  • Data Center EHS Manager


Of all placements made in the past year, contract roles were the most desirable and made up 80% of jobs.


Top 10 states requesting construction placements across the US were:

  1. California
  2. Missouri
  3. Michigan
  4. Colorado
  5. Ohio
  6. Connecticut
  7. Tennessee
  8. Texas
  9. Kansas
  10. Illinois


Job Placements for Assistant Managers grew by 82% from February 2023 – February 2024


The importance of global workforce management and consulting solutions in the Construction, Energy, Environmental, Manufacturing, and Architectural & Engineering sectors couldn’t be clearer. Companies need talented professionals to support the critical needs of their business and evolving workforce demands.

Planet Forward is your premier source for contract staffing, staff augmentation, contract to hire and direct hire needs in the General Construction field. With extensive experience recruiting professionals in the areas of Pre-Construction, Construction Management and Project Management, our experts will deliver top talent to your organization for all of your construction project needs, no matter the length of assignment.

In today’s competitive market, our clients rely on our deep network of talent to decrease commercial downtime and complete projects on time. Founded in 2009, we are an award-winning supplier and partner with a wide range of companies, both in scope and growth stage across North America.

Our specialties include:

  • Construction Management
  • Project Management
  • Engineering
  • Superintendents
  • Drafting
  • Sourcing/Supply Chain
  • Procurement
  • RFP/Proposal Writing
  • Field Operations
  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Commissioning
  • Operations
  • Quality
  • Health & Safety
  • Scheduling
  • Planning
  • Project Controls

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