As office workers pour into downtown Toronto from their morning commutes, Mathew Tiburcio is already at his seat — in a glass box hovering some 50 stories above the crowded streets.
The 35-year-old is one of a brotherhood of crane operators helping to shape the skyline of Canada’s largest city during a historic development boom. Toronto is dotted with more cranes than any other North American city, and Tiburcio has bragging rights for operating the tallest one.
Original Article: Toronto Construction Crane Operators Rule as Rock Stars
The article originally posted in Bloomberg focuses on crane operators in Toronto and their status of rock stars within the construction industry. With an unprecedented building boom Toronto has the most tower cranes in North America (by far). Checkout the below if you don’t believe us!
What’s most amazing about the above graph is how far above other cities within North America Toronto is. If you add up Seattle, Los Angeles and Chicago they just barely reach the number of tower cranes found in Toronto.
What does this mean? The city is going through a construction revolution and as a result labour is in high demand.
High Paying In Demand Construction Jobs in Toronto
The construction boom is driving a massive growth in demand for trades within the Toronto market. While many kids now a days are encouraged to go to university, people who have gone the route of apprenticeships or college programs are finding themselves in high demand.
Many trades in Toronto are now paying in excess of six digits with only a few years of experience, and many roles including plumbers, electricians, carpenters and construction management are finding themselves in situations where work is almost guaranteed.
And yet, even with such great career prospects the industry and area is notoriously under-staffed. Construction prices have escalated in the double and triple digits over the last ten years primarily due to the cost of labour.
Are you involved in the construction industry? Are you a recent graduate? Do you have a job and is it well paying?