Rental housing maintenance jobs are in high demand in Portland and Seattle, according to the latest jobs report from the National Apartment Association.
So far this year’s record-breaking apartment rent growth and occupancy has driven the demand for apartment jobs in the rental housing industry, especially in the multifamily area.
According to the report, nearly 38 percent of positions available in the real estate industry were in the apartment jobs sector.
Portland, Nashville, Denver, Raleigh and Virginia Beach led the nation with the highest concentration of job postings.
Rental maintenance jobs in high demand
The July report from the National Apartment Association’s Education Institute (NAAEI) focused on the maintenance area.
The jobs spotlight highlights maintenance technician job openings.
Demand for maintenance technicians was approximately twice the U.S average in Columbus, Portland, Seattle, Nashville and Virginia Beach
The top specialized skills employers are seeking include 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.”
The NAA says on their website, “The apartment industry offers a wealth of meaningful career opportunities that use a variety of skills and capabilities. Regardless of whether you are graduating from high school or college, leaving the military, or switching careers, the industry has a job that’s just right for you.”