Do you like working with your hands? A career in construction is a great choice! There is so much new construction taking place in Arkansas, and companies throughout the state are offering highly competitive salaries to recruit hard-working people and keep them. The skilled trades are practically recession-proof, and, according to the US Department of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) are predicted to continue to experience faster than average employment growth through 2026. In 2017, its median annual wage of $45,820 surpassed the $37,690 median wage for all industries.