Construction Careers

Construction Careers Overview

Construction Careers Overview

When you think of construction jobs, craftsmen are most likely to come to mind. These are the people such as painters and carpenters who do the actual work of constructing a building. There are, however, two other types of construction jobs. Laborers assist the craftsmen by loading and unloading tools, materials and supplies, helping prepare construction sites and helping clean up afterward. There are also construction careers in the management field, the planners and supervisors who coordinate and oversee the budget from start to finish in any construction project.

Construction Education

For craftsmen and laborers, construction careers don't carry any specific education requirements, although a high school diploma and proficiency in math, English and shop are useful. Some craftsmen and laborers learn skills on the job by apprenticing, and others even attend trade schools to learn their trade. For most managing careers in construction, though, you'll need some experience as well as at least a bachelor's degree in building science, construction engineering or construction science.

Construction Job Market

The outlook for construction jobs in general is favorable, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that the managerial positions won't increase as much as the labor and craftsmen. While there were close to 1.3 million laborers and over 300,000 craftsmen in 2012 with an expected increase of 22 to 31 percent by 2022, the 485,000 construction manager jobs are only anticipated to increase by 16 percent to 563,200 in the same 10 year span. The BLS points out, though, that a large number of construction managers will be retiring in the next 10 years so even though the number of jobs won't increase, the number of job openings will.

Construction Salaries

Just as the three main fields in construction have increasingly difficult duties, they also earn increasingly more money. The median salary for a laborer is $29,160; craftsmen average about $35,190; and the median wage for managers is around $82,790.

Duran Excavating

Denver, Colorado, 80202

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Duran Excavating, Inc. is currently seeking experienced workers for listed job openings. JOB OPENINGS: Construction Job Foreman 5 yrs. Exp. with storm, sewer & waterli...

UCLA Health

Westwood, California

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Responsibilities Work independently, under the oversight of a Licensed Architect, in the preparation of architectural plans for bidding and construction. Supervise an...

The GOWANGROUP

Seattle, Washington, 98104

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Multiple Commercial Construction Jobs Open (Commercial and Mixed-Use Construction) Job Announcement If you are looking for a career with a top regional construction c...

Hartford Financial Services Group

Alexandria, Virginia

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Description Do you have a passion for identifying risks? Are you practical thinker who’s driven to help others? This is your opportunity to give those passions and tal...

Associated Bank

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

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Description Associated Bank is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse workforce. We support a work environment where colleagues are respected an...

Hughes General Contractors

Saint George, Utah, 84770

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Hughes General Contractors, Inc. is a longstanding family owned business with almost 60 years of experience, depth of knowledge and tradition. We are known within the...