We are in the midst of a Fourth Industrial Revolution, changing the nature of work as digital and automation technology takes over tasks, freeing humans to do other things. Automation and the growing networks of Internet-connected people and devices are driving this revolution. The emerging economic system, the Network Economy, will increasingly leverage information technology.

In this paper, Digitalization & Automation in the Construction Trades, we explore the implications of the digital skill gap, introduction of automation, and Network Economy for the construction workforce. This analysis looks at construction employment as a whole in metropolitan Seattle, including residential, commercial, industrial, and heavy civil construction.

This brief was a collaborative effort of Seattle Jobs Initiative, The City of Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services, and The City of Seattle Office of Economic Development.

Many thanks to Benjamin Niesen, Senior Associate at Magnusson Klemencic Associates, for your feedback.