Apartment industry jobs continued to show strength despite the pandemic, with more than 15,000 jobs available in apartments during July, according to the National Apartment Association.
The National Apartment Association Education Institute’s Apartment Jobs Snapshot for July showed that multifamily job opportunities comprised over 46 percent of the real-estate sector jobs during July, exceeding the 2019 monthly average of 39 percent.
Maintenance jobs were in high demand, accounting for about 30 percent of the openings in apartment industry jobs.
Major Texas markets such as Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin led the nation with the highest concentration of job postings.
In Denver, the demand for maintenance technicians was more than three times the U.S average, and median market salaries also exceeded the national median. Seattle also had a high demand for maintenance technicians at 2.5 times the U.S. average.
The top specialized skills employers are seeking included plumbing, repair, HVAC, carpentry skills, and painting.
National apartment association jobs report background
“Our education institute is a credentialing body for the apartment industry. They hear often that one of the biggest problems keeping our industry leaders up at night is the difficulty in finding talent, attracting talent and retaining talent,” NAAEI’s Paula Munger said.
So NAA partnered with Burning Glass Technologies. “They have a labor-job posting database that is proprietary,” she said, and they can “layer on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). We looked at that and thought we could do something that is really going to help the industry and help benchmark job titles and trends as we go forward.”