The local construction industry had been growing steadily from the mid-1990s until 2007.
However the global economic downturn of 2008 had a huge impact on this sector which suffered many job losses as building projects stalled or were cancelled and the local housing market slumped.
Typical jobs in construction include: skilled labourers, architects, lawyers, surveyors, estate agents and specialist engineers among many others.
The following clip from BBC Newsline demosntrates how two different sectors impact on eachother - in this case, construction and tourism.
The report dates from 2007 and shows how the economic confidence of the time was driving up tourist numbers and consequently the amount of jobs available in the construction industry.
The Northern Ireland economy went through many changes since the end of WWII, with the impact of 'The Troubles' being keenly felt.
Understanding Northern Ireland's key business sectors can help you gain an important insight into the strength of our local economy.
Learn more about by accessing some of the many resources available on the BBC and external sites.
How much have you learned about the local economy, the key business sectors and the impact of globalisation?
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.