(Lincoln, NE) In 2017, The Home Builders Association of Lincoln (HBAL) formed a committee on "Careers in Construction". The committee's purpose is to create awareness of residential construction career pathways. This week, HBAL committee member, Jereme Montgomery, spoke to Bob Freese's "Introduction to Construction" class at Lincoln Northeast High school. What is the perception of the construction industry when it pertains to construction careers? More importantly, what are the perceptions students have regarding a career in construction? Is it all about hammers and nails? I am sure that anyone outside the construction industry has a perception that we only have dirty, manual labor type of careers. You have heard it before, “If you like working with your hands or getting your hands dirty, get a job in construction”, right? Most likely, students may be influenced by what they ‘think’ is their career path during middle school or even younger. Who is out there influencing children and/or young adults to look at construction as a career path? Do parents realize that there is more to construction than just 'hammers & nails'? Construction jobs such as; Construction Managers, Estimators, Ironworkers, Concrete Workers, Carpenters, Electricians and Plumbers all have a vast array of careers even within their own segment of the industry. If you want to work straight out of high school, there are careers in the industry for you. If you want to go to a 2-year technical school, there are careers in the industry for you. If you want to go to a 4-year college, there are careers in the industry for you. Do you want to work inside? Outside? Yes, the construction industry has it! We are much more than 'hammers and nails'. The point is this; we don’t believe there is enough awareness or resources to educate teachers and parents of what our industry has to offer regarding careers. In my opinion, the construction industry provides an array of diverse career paths when compared to other industries. In addition, the Department of Labor has predicted overall employment growth of 2.6 percent or 1.6 million new jobs for the workers needed to create, repair, and enhance our infrastructure. Be a part of the $600 billion construction industry. Work in the great outdoors, work indoors, work on the go! Make a difference in the lives of thousands, right here in Nebraska. So, where will your talents take you?