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The 5 Best Careers In Construction

The construction and building industry hit rock bottom in 2010 with employment dropping to 2/3 of what it was at the peak. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry started to recover in late 2011 and has continued its recovery through 2015. The industry is expected to continue at a rate of 13%-14% through 2024 which is nearly double the growth rate of overall job growth.

There are a number of construction industry jobs that require good qualifications as well as good compensation.  Knowing how to use software for construction management or knowing how to design buildings are examples of skills gained through education and training.

Following is an overview of some of the best career options in  the Construction Industry:

1. Project Managers

Job Description: As senior project manager administers the construction project from its very beginning to its final step. The manager is liable for:

  • Project policies and guidelines.
  • Recruiting efficient staff and middle managers.
  • Coordinating work and making sure deadlines are followed.
  • Using the resources economically and wisely
  • Licensing and duties

Educational Qualification: A bachelor’s degree in Construction Science or a master’s degree in the same.Four-year degree holders in construction management or construction science would be preferred. The senior project manager should have a decent amount of experience-at least 4-5 years of experience working with a construction company.

Average Salary: $110,000- $125000, might get beyond this depending upon education, construction site and company.

2. Architect

Job Description: An architect’s job is to create competitive design for the building projects. He should also make sure that workers and supervisors strictly follow the approved plans. An architect not only plans constructions but also conceptualizes plans to renovate commercial, institutional and residential buildings.
Educational Qualification: A bachelors/masters degree or a diploma from an architectural school or any architectural internship.

Average Salary: Around $79,300. Salary might vary depending upon education, construction site and company.

3. Construction Manager

Job Description:  A construction manager has the responsibility to plan, organize and coordinate the entire construction project from start to finish. The manager is liable for:

  • Recruiting efficient staff and middle managers.
  • Coordinating work and making sure deadlines are followed.
  • Preparing and submitting reports and budgets.
  • Submitting estimates and work schedules.
  • Hiring and coordinating with subcontractors and staff.
  • Monitoring progress.
  • Ensuring the project is completed on time and on budget.

Educational Qualification: A bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Construction Science, Civil Engineering or a diploma in Construction. Very important and extensive projects might require master’s degree with substantial experience.
Average Salary: $65,000-$101, 000. Variations might be depending upon education, construction site and company.

4. Civil Engineer

Job Description:  Engineering is a much demanded education in various sectors. In construction sector civil engineers are deployed to plan, design, and direct construction of various structures. These structures are varied and include roads, dams, sewers, airports and bridges. Civil engineers might work for state/local governments’ projects apart from private companies.
Educational Qualification: A bachelor’s degree or civil engineering diploma aided with related experience is required.

Average Salary: $82,710 on average, variations depending as mentioned above.

5. First Line Supervisors

Job Description: First-line supervisors are required to administer the workers in skilled trades’ at a construction site. They have the responsible to read plans, manage equipment and schedule construction workers. They also share the responsibility for construction safety along with officials deployed specially for the same. In addition, they also estimate materials, resources, and coordinate with management. A heavy construction equipment supervisor supervises and coordinates the activities of workers in excavating, paving, drilling, grading, blasting and related areas.

Educational Qualification: An associate’s degree or diploma in construction science/ on-the-job construction experience.

Average Salary: $65,000 – $100,000, with dependent variations.

These are only a few of the career paths available in the construction industry.  Others include: Construction Estimator, Construction Inspectors, Plumbers, Carpenters, Masons, Pipe-fitters, Land Surveyors, Cement Mason & Concrete Finishers, Painters, and Glaziers.

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