Careers in Construction

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Careers in the Preconstruction Phase

People with careers in the Preconstruction phase design and plan our future! They turn a concept into a set of plans. Their plans guide professionals during the Construction phase of the project.







Architectural and Engineering Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Salary: $148970
Degree: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


Transportation Engineers

develop plans for surface transportation projects, according to established engineering standards and state or federal construction policy. Prepare designs, specifications, or estimates for transportation facilities. Plan modifications of existing streets, highways, or freeways to improve traffic flow.
Salary: $93720
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Civil Engineers

perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.
Salary: $93720
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Architects

plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.
Salary: $88860
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction



Landscape Architects

plan and design land areas for projects such as parks and other recreational facilities, airports, highways, hospitals, schools, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial, and residential sites.
Salary: $73160
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Cost Estimators

prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
Salary: $69710
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth


Surveyors

make exact measurements and determine property boundaries. Provide data relevant to the shape, contour, gravitation, location, elevation, or dimension of land or land features on or near the earth's surface for engineering, mapmaking, mining, land evaluation, construction, and other purposes.
Salary: $66440
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Geodetic Surveyors

measure large areas of the Earth's surface using satellite observations, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), light detection and ranging (LIDAR), or related sources.
Salary: $66440
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction



Interior Designers

plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.
Salary: $59120
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Civil Drafters

prepare drawings and topographical and relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, pipelines, flood control projects, and water and sewerage control systems.
Salary: $56700
Degree: Associate's degree


Architectural Drafters

prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect.
Salary: $56700
Degree: Bachelor's degree


Civil Engineering Technicians

apply theory and principles of civil engineering in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities under the direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.
Salary: $54670
Degree: Post-secondary certificate



Surveying Technicians

adjust and operate surveying instruments, such as the theodolite and electronic distance-measuring equipment, and compile notes, make sketches and enter data into computers.
Salary: $47690
Degree: Associate's degree
Strong job growth


Mapping Technicians

calculate mapmaking information from field notes, and draw and verify accuracy of topographical maps.
Salary: $47690
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth




Careers in the Construction Phase

People with careers in the Construction phase literally build our future! These are the people who build the houses we live in, the warehouses where we receive our Amazon orders from, the offices we work in, the schools we study at, and the recreational facilities we use. Let’s also not forget infrastructure projects that are less popular such as highways, bridges, airports, power stations, chemical plants, refineries and mills.







Construction Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.
Salary: $103110
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Construction Workers Supervisors

directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.
Salary: $70540
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Solar Energy Installation Managers

direct work crews installing residential or commercial solar photovoltaic or thermal systems.
Salary: $70540
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth


Pile-Driver Operators

operate pile drivers mounted on skids, barges, crawler treads, or locomotive cranes to drive pilings for retaining walls, bulkheads, and foundations of structures, such as buildings, bridges, and piers.
Salary: $64360
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth



Construction and Building Inspectors

inspect structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations. Inspections may be general in nature or may be limited to a specific area, such as electrical systems or plumbing.
Salary: $63150
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Electricians

install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.
Salary: $59190
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth


Structural Iron and Steel Workers

raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.
Salary: $58170
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Crane and Tower Operators

operate mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions.
Salary: $58160
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth



Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters

lay out, assemble, install, or maintain pipe systems, pipe supports, or related hydraulic or pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling, or industrial production or processing systems.
Salary: $58150
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth


Plumbers

assemble, install, or repair pipes, fittings, or fixtures of heating, water, or drainage systems, according to specifications or plumbing codes.
Salary: $58150
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth


Tapers

seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering.
Salary: $57340
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Hoist and Winch Operators

operate or tend hoists or winches to lift and pull loads using power-operated cable equipment.
Salary: $56390
Degree: No degree required



Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers

position and secure steel bars or mesh in concrete forms in order to reinforce concrete. Use a variety of fasteners, rod-bending machines, blowtorches, and hand tools. Includes rod busters.
Salary: $54670
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Brickmasons and Blockmasons

lay and bind building materials, such as brick, structural tile, concrete block, cinder block, glass block, and terra-cotta block, with mortar and other substances to construct or repair walls, partitions, arches, sewers, and other structures.
Salary: $54430
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Mechanical Insulation Workers

apply insulating materials to pipes or ductwork, or other mechanical systems in order to help control and maintain temperature.
Salary: $53180
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Construction Equipment Operators

operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties.
Salary: $53030
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth



Sheet Metal Workers

fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of the following: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; or inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Includes sheet metal duct installers who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes.
Salary: $52710
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Riggers

set up or repair rigging for construction projects, manufacturing plants, logging yards, ships and shipyards, or for the entertainment industry.
Salary: $51330
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Construction Carpenters

construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter's hand tools and power tools.
Salary: $51120
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Rough Carpenters

build rough wooden structures, such as concrete forms, scaffolds, tunnel, bridge, or sewer supports, billboard signs, and temporary frame shelters, according to sketches, blueprints, or oral instructions.
Salary: $51120
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth



Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers

apply plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings or interior walls of buildings. Apply or mount acoustical tiles or blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings and walls of buildings to reduce or reflect sound. Materials may be of decorative quality. Includes lathers who fasten wooden, metal, or rockboard lath to walls, ceilings or partitions of buildings to provide support base for plaster, fire-proofing, or acoustical material.
Salary: $49170
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Excavating Machine Operators

operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials.
Salary: $48680
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Glaziers

install glass in windows, skylights, store fronts, and display cases, or on surfaces, such as building fronts, interior walls, ceilings, and tabletops.
Salary: $48620
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Plasterers and Stucco Masons

apply interior or exterior plaster, cement, stucco, or similar materials. May also set ornamental plaster.
Salary: $47610
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth



Earth Drillers

operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.
Salary: $47570
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Dredge Operators

operate dredge to remove sand, gravel, or other materials in order to excavate and maintain navigable channels in waterways.
Salary: $47500
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers

smooth and finish surfaces of poured concrete, such as floors, walks, sidewalks, roads, or curbs using a variety of hand and power tools. Align forms for sidewalks, curbs, or gutters; patch voids; and use saws to cut expansion joints.
Salary: $47350
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Terrazzo Workers and Finishers

apply a mixture of cement, sand, pigment, or marble chips to floors, stairways, and cabinet fixtures to fashion durable and decorative surfaces.
Salary: $47230
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth



Floor Layers

apply blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative coverings to floors.
Salary: $46760
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Solar PV Installers

assemble, install, or maintain solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on roofs or other structures in compliance with site assessment and schematics. May include measuring, cutting, assembling, and bolting structural framing and solar modules. May perform minor electrical work such as current checks.
Salary: $46010
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth




Careers in the Maintenance and Operations Phase

People with careers in the Maintenance and Operations phase keep our future intact! These are the people who make sure the house we live, the office we work in, and the roads we drive on are in good shape. They also maintain the smooth operation of industrial buildings such as refineries, power plants, chemical plants, and mills.







Elevator Installers and Repairers

assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters.
Salary: $79370
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Electrical Power-Line Technicians

install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.
Salary: $70240
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth


Boilermakers

construct, assemble, maintain, and repair stationary steam boilers and boiler house auxiliaries. Align structures or plate sections to assemble boiler frame tanks or vats, following blueprints. Work involves use of hand and power tools, plumb bobs, levels, wedges, dogs, or turnbuckles. Assist in testing assembled vessels. Direct cleaning of boilers and boiler furnaces. Inspect and repair boiler fittings, such as safety valves, regulators, automatic-control mechanisms, water columns, and auxiliary machines.
Salary: $63240
Degree: No degree required


Commercial Divers

work below surface of water, using scuba gear to inspect, repair, remove, or install equipment and structures. May use a variety of power and hand tools, such as drills, sledgehammers, torches, and welding equipment. May conduct tests or experiments, rig explosives, or photograph structures or marine life.
Salary: $59470
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth



Control and Valve Technicians

install, repair, and maintain mechanical regulating and controlling devices, such as electric meters, gas regulators, thermostats, safety and flow valves, and other mechanical governors.
Salary: $57890
Degree: No degree required


Millwrights

install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.
Salary: $56250
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Civil Engineering Technicians

apply theory and principles of civil engineering in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities under the direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.
Salary: $54670
Degree: Post-secondary certificate


Refractory Materials Repairers

build or repair equipment such as furnaces, kilns, cupolas, boilers, converters, ladles, soaking pits and ovens, using refractory materials.
Salary: $52510
Degree: No degree required



Landscaping Supervisors

directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in landscaping or groundskeeping activities. Work may involve reviewing contracts to ascertain service, machine, and workforce requirements; answering inquiries from potential customers regarding methods, material, and price ranges; and preparing estimates according to labor, material, and machine costs.
Salary: $51280
Degree: Associate's degree
Strong job growth


HVAC Installers

install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments.
Salary: $50160
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth


HVAC Technicians

install and repair industrial and commercial refrigerating systems.
Salary: $50160
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth


Solar Hot Water Installers

install or repair solar energy systems designed to collect, store, and circulate solar-heated water for residential, commercial or industrial use.
Salary: $43000
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth



Weatherization Technicians

perform a variety of activities to weatherize homes and make them more energy efficient. Duties include repairing windows, insulating ducts, and performing heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) work. May perform energy audits and advise clients on energy conservation measures.
Salary: $43000
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Septic Tank Servicers

clean and repair septic tanks, sewer lines, or drains. May patch walls and partitions of tank, replace damaged drain tile, or repair breaks in underground piping.
Salary: $41530
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth


Highway Maintenance Workers

maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. Duties include patching broken or eroded pavement, repairing guard rails, highway markers, and snow fences. May also mow or clear brush from along road or plow snow from roadway.
Salary: $41440
Degree: No degree required


Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

landscape or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units.
Salary: $30940
Degree: No degree required
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction




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One Comment on ““Careers in Construction”

  1. Maurice Malcolm

    As a cement mason with over 25 years of building experiences and I love to build things with my hands. I also have a level 2 certificate in general construction.

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