What the Infrastructure Bill Means for Architecture Jobs
It’s been a year since the White House passed a historic bipartisan infrastructure bill, enabling the United States to take serious steps toward creating a stronger and more sustainably built environment.
In the time elapsed since then, we’ve seen demand for architecture jobs spike considerably, simultaneous with a talent pool that continues to shrink.
Below, we’ll recap the biggest takeaways from the bill, contextualize the hiring environment, and offer a solution for organizations looking to add talent in the coming months.
Improved Safety, Resilience and Sustainability in Built Environment
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) carries tremendous implications for the architectural industry.
As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) President Peter Exley explains, “this bipartisan legislation affirms AIA’s long-held contention that buildings are infrastructure. It is encouraging to see Congress make meaningful investment in building sector energy efficiency and resilience.”
The most impactful provisions from the bill towards the built environment include:
- $3.5 billion in funding for the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program
- The largest federal investment in public transit ever
- The single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system
- $500 million in grants towards supporting energy-efficient and renewable energy in schools
- $225 million grant program to support cost-effective building code implementation
- Developing building, training and assessment centers to train architects, engineers, and other related professionals in energy-efficient designs
- $65 billion in clean energy transmission—the largest in U.S. history
- $17 billion in port infrastructure and $25 billion in airports
On top of additional funding for the built environment, these developments forecast strongly for the health of architecture jobs in the coming years. The White House predicts the approved legislation will generate over two million jobs annually throughout the decade.
A Hiring Spree to Fulfill Contracts
In recent months, we’ve seen a mad dash from many of our partners in our industry to add proven architectural and design candidates to keep up with projects.
However, with many architecture and related jobs returning to pre-pandemic levels of demand, most organizations experience several obstacles in the way of their hiring objectives.
Partnering with a specialized staffing firm, like RHM Staffing Solutions, can be an immensely impactful resource to leverage during a period of such high demand and a sapped talent pool.
RHM Staffing Solutions Can Help
From architects and mechanical drafters to surveyors and highway design engineers, our specialized recruiters at RHM Staffing Solutions are hard at work connecting great professionals to great companies.
Over the years, we’ve refined our staffing practices into a proven, repeatable process that produces quality and timely results, time and time again. After we develop a strong understanding of your hiring needs and company values, we then leverage our extensive network and thorough screening process to deliver ideal candidates who are equipped to perform above your expectations and provide lasting value.
If you’re looking to hire talent or for a new opportunity, get in touch with the RHM team today.