Someone once told me “if you want to find jobs or any opportunity in America – follow the money” $46 Billion is headed to US Port expansion on the east coast. Jobs anyone?
The Ripple Effect On Jobs
U.S. port authorities and their private-sector partners are planning to invest up to $46 billion over the next five years in capital improvements in their marine operations and other properties, according to a recent survey by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). These projects are being done in response to the widening of the Panama Canal which will bring larger cargo ships and oil tankers to the east coast.
What these investments mean to you and me is simple: More jobs. Let me explain. In order for these facilities to handle the increased freight traffic every bridge, building, railway, road and tunnel for miles around the port must be upgraded. Congress is already considering a national transportation bill which will allocate federal monies for states to improve transportation infrastructure. The public and private investment into infrastructure upgrades could create thousands of long term jobs and stimulate thousands more through demand. For more information see the article below
A Hot Jobs for Civil Engineers and Other Careers
Here is a partial list of jobs that could be created:
- Architect: Designs buildings
- Building Information Modeler/CAD: assists architects and engineers by “drawing” structures with software.
- Civil Engineers: Design roads, bridges, tunnels and utilities
- Construction Management and Inspectors: Deal with construction issues
- Environmental engineers and scientists: Deal with environmental compliance issues such as air and water quality.
- Field workers/Trades: Do the “hands on” work of building
- U.S. ports to invest billions in upgrades (environmentalbusinessjournal.com)
- South Carolina OKs $146.9 Million for Port Investments (joc.com)
- Report: Southeast, Gulf need deeper port harbors (miamiherald.com)
- The 6 Hottest Job Areas In Civil Engineering Part 1 (hintonhumancapital.com)
- East Coast ports scramble to upgrade for Panama’s big ships (usatoday.com)
- Port Authority Getting Ready For Bigger Ships In Near Future (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- USACE Examines U.S. Port Modernization Options (worldmaritimenews.com)
- Wider Panama Canal among multiple threats to Puget Sound ports (seattletimes.nwsource.com)