The landscape of available careers in construction has remained largely the same over the last decade but in this article, we will talk about field saturation and the pros and cons of choosing your construction career.
The demand for craft laborers is high and will keep rising into 2023. According to the US Glass News Network (USGNN), labor shortages in construction are being mitigated but openings are still rising faster than they’re filled. Projects all over the country are still popping up in the non-residential sector thanks to increased support from federal investments.
If you like to work with your hands and leave every day satisfied with your work, consider starting a path towards being a skilled laborer. Over 80% of workers are satisfied with their technical career and work, from Staffing Industry Analysis. Part of that satisfaction is the ability to take a step back and see the tangible progress you’ve made in a day’s work. Skilled laborer is a general term that applies to a multitude of trades including but not limited to: carpentry, plumbing, HVAC, and electric. These positions often require some experience and potential certifications from employers.
- Cost Estimator: If the financial aspect of construction interests you but you still like being out in the field consider this job. Estimators are often required to take calls, visit job sites, and run reports on construction projects. Estimators have a good grasp on how much a project could cost based on location, material, timeline, and labor.
- Architect: Using your creativity and logic to design buildings is the primary role of an architect. Working with the contractor and client – they produce solutions for how the building will be built and maintained over its’ lifetime. Architects often have more art and design classes during education.
- Civil Engineer: Like architects, a civil engineer requires some higher levels of technical education, but they usually focus on infrastructure design. An engineer is also responsible for testing and passing the materials that construction projects use (wood, concrete, etc.). It is common for architects and civil engineers to work in tandem on a construction site.
|Job Title||Skilled Laborer||Cost Estimator||Architect||Civil Engineer|
|Education Requirements||Diploma or GED||Bachelor’s Degree||Bachelor’s Degree||Bachelor’s Degree|
|Experience||Two years in a related field||On-the-job training||Internship or Residency||Internship|
Even with the information about different careers and what fields are looking to hire in mass, we still must ask ourselves critical questions. Do I want to work in the field? What technical careers and education am I interested in pursuing further? How will I know the right steps to take for a career in construction?
Luckily, there are many resources for finding the right career in construction; with Build Your Future (BYF) career paths, you can click through and select the steps that are practical for your career path. This module will show you the education, salary, and roles & requirements for each role in the construction industry.
How do I start?
BYF also has resources for getting scholarships, finding technical education programs, and even career channels for when you are ready to apply!
The Association for Careers and Technical Education is a great resource for students that are already taking steps toward their technical career path. Students and industry professionals are encouraged to participate through monthly contests, leadership programs, and year-long advocacy. You can:
- Build your network
- Gain certifications
- Get scholarships
- Develop real-world employable skills
Here at Connor Construction, we believe building the future requires a cultivation of resources and talent. Part of growing our industry includes showing students what hands-on experience looks like…
– Providing opportunities for university students to intern helps both our mission to develop motivated individuals and their own goals of becoming an industry professional
…and educating our team, so we are always following best practices for the Construction Industry.
– Innovative technologies, like bio-cement, are constantly being developed and implemented. Lowering construction’s carbon footprint and raising the industry standard of sustainability is a goal that we are getting closer to with each new green technology.
Looking for a committed team of construction professionals for your next construction project?
The future vision of construction is going to include more digital processes and more collaboration between teams that wasn’t present before. Students planning for careers and with technical scopes will soon be on the front lines of the future infrastructure. Construction Europe provides some insight into what teams and careers might look like sooner than we think!