For effective communication and interaction among groups in this industry, the knowledge and use of the Spanish language in the American construction industry has been increasingly recognized as a growing requirement, rather than an exception. According to U.S. Census Bureau reports for the year 2000, of the 281 million inhabitants in the United States, 35 million (12.5%) are Hispanic, which is actually slightly higher than the black population (12.3%). A large increase in the Hispanic population was observed in the last decade. This group has grown by almost 40% since 1990, with much of this growth being attributed to new jobs in construction. To date, it is estimated that Hispanic workers account for up to 15% of the workforce in the construction