In need of some good news? Or better yet, a job? As reported today in the New York Times, the nation’s employers not only have stopped eliminating large numbers of jobs, but appear to be on the verge of rebuilding the American work force, devastated by the recession. Additionally, there’s increasing evidence that the jobless rate may have already reached its peak.
So what does this mean for architects?
The good news is that the job increase appears to be no less true for the architecture profession, in fact for all design professionals and others in the construction industry.
At long last, there are architecture jobs to fill – and a lot of them at that. And in most cases one doesn’t have to move to the other side of the earth to fill them.
In what can only be seen as a sign of optimism, in the past month there are more BIM-related job postings nationwide than at any time since the start of the recession. Due to the increase of firms adopting and implementing BIM work processes, it looks like there’s going to be an early holiday for at least some design professionals and others in the construction industry.
This news will inevitably serve as a win-win for those who took the time during the first years of the recession to invest in training, had opportunities to either train others in BIM and related applications and plug-ins, were fortunate enough to have worked on BIM projects, or otherwise have concentrated their efforts on helping to facilitate the adoption and implementation of the BIM process for firms just starting out in the new technology.
Anecdotally, if the recent uptick in the number of inquiries by the staffing and recruiting industry for this one architect is any indication…things are beginning to look up.
In an admittedly un-scientific sampling of various LinkedIn groups’ postings, the following BIM-related jobs are either currently available – or were available in the month of December 2009:
Looking for a REVIT MEP expert (email@example.com)
Wanted – Revit and / or AutoCAD MEP 2010 Instructors
Posted by Rick Feineis
Perm Job Opening in NYC – In-House Revit Trainer/Architect
Posted by David McFadden
Revit Electrical Drafting position located in the Bay Area
Posted by Anthony Selden
Looking for BIM content creation experts
Posted by Marc Goldman
Architect (Revit Experience Essential)
Posted by Matthew Upton
Architectural CAD Director Revit and AutoCad
Posted by Rachael Pierri
BIM Specialist-Northeast Wisconsin
Posted by Tim Eichstaedt
Architectural CAD Support Specialist REVIT and AutoCAD
BIM Director- SoCal
Posted by Mark Horridge
Senior Structural Revit Design Drafter
David Turnbull on + 61 2 93508301 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Postedby David Turnbull
Project Manager, NY Metro Area
Posted by Robert Bazewicz
3D Visualization Engineer
Posted by Christian Greuel
Sr. Project Manager/Energy– Chicago $140K-$180K
Sr. Construction Manager Major Projects– Chicago $150K-!80K
Posted by Ron Schroeder
MEP Estimator for large General Contractor in Los Angeles area
[Note: This post has been edited due to time-sensitive material.]