Construction is all around us. But you may be wondering, “How do I get started?”

 

There are many ways to get into the field of construction. Many high schools and community colleges offer career technical programs with several different construction aspects. You may enter into a co-op program with a certain construction company if your school offers that. Also, you may enter into an apprenticeship program that will train you for a specific skill in the field of construction.

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Career Spotlight

Carpenter

Construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studying, and rafters; and wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. You may also install cabinets, siding, drywall, and batt or roll insulation. This is one of the most versatile construction trades. Many carpenters are self-employed.

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“The thing I like most about working in construction is seeing customers’ excitement during, and at the completion of their new home. It is the excitement of seeing a piece of dirt turn into their dream home.”

 

- Scott, Owner | Southern Home Builders

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Occupation

HIGH DEMAND CAREERS

Education

Salary Range

Drywall Finisher

On-Job Training

$30,000-$60,000

Roofer

On-Job Training

$30,000-$60,000

Painter

On-Job Training

$25,000-$60,000

Insulator

On-Job Training

$25,000-$60,000

Brick Mason

HS Diploma/On-Job Training

$30,000-$80,000

Carpenter

HS Diploma/Apprenticeship

$30,000-$80,000

Ironworker

HS Diploma/Apprenticeship

$30,000-$80,000

Sheet Metal Worker

HS Diploma/Apprenticeship

$25,000-$80,000

Plumber

HS Diploma/Apprenticeship

$25,000-$80,000

HVAC Mechanic

HS Diploma/Apprenticeship

$25,000-$70,000

Electrician

HS Diploma/Apprenticeship

$30,000-$85,000

Estimator

Associate Degree

$40,000-$60,000

Job Site Superintendent

Associate Degree

$40,000-$80,000

Project Manager

Bachelor Degree

$40,000-$100,000

Wages vary depending on your education, skills, work experience, attitude, and work ethic.

CONSTRUCTION & BUILING SCIENCE OPERATORS

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES