The Ultimate Guide: Deciding on a Career Path in the Construction Industry

A Fast-growing Industry

Apr 24, 2018

If you are considering a career in the construction industry, it’s important to understand the industry before you begin your search. The very first step is to decide on a field for which you may be interested. To that end, below is information to help you learn about this extensive industry.

The State of the Construction Industry

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,  construction is expected to grow 12%, “...faster than the average of all occupations”, which translates into approximately 1,629,900  jobs by 2026.

The top three reasons for this increase include:

  • Tremendous turnover in construction workers
  • Increased number of infrastructure slated to begin
  • Increased development of homes, schools, and commercial properties

Preparation – Skill

There are several specialty areas of construction; some require specific skills, and educational requirements, and some areas hire non-skilled workers. Before you decide on a particular area, determine the necessary skills, and what it will take to meet those requirements. Most workers entering the field receive on-the-job training (OJT), and usually do not need a formal education; some require the latter and licensure.

 3 of the Hottest Areas of Construction

There are dozens of segments within construction; however, the following areas are listed as the highest ranked:

  • Plumber: Plumbing is the highest-ranked construction field according U.S. News and World Report. A plumber may develop blueprints, connect and install pipes, repair household appliances, and more.
  • Construction Managers: At number two are construction managers who oversee a project from beginning to end, and everything in between. They troubleshoot problems, liaise with clients, and perform walk-throughs.
  • Electricians: Coming in as the third top profession is electricians. Some areas in which electricians work include designing and installing streetlights, assurance of code compliance, repair of electrical wires, and more.

It is also the overall fastest growing field in the industry, and by 2026 is expected to grow by 16% or 75,800 new jobs.

Seventy-five percent of plumbers make approximately $69,000 per year, and the median income is about $52,000. Some of the best-paid workers can make up to $90,000. However, apprentices are paid between 30% to 50% less than fully-trained plumbers.

Some requirements include excellent math and reading skills, technical ability, an apprenticeship or formal technical training.

The median salary for this job is $89,300, and approximately 46,100 new jobs are expected to open through 2026. Some reports indicate salaries of up to $120,000 per year for the top 75th percentile of workers.

Getting your foot in the door will require schooling and OJT, but you may want to consider a certificate from the Construction Management Association of America, which is not a requirement but can carry some weight upon interviewing.

Although the median salary for this profession is $52,720, some skilled workers make up to $90,000 per year or more.

An apprenticeship along with a technical school education may be mandatory, and licensure is required in most states. The top percentile who have become successful in this field are critical thinkers, able to diagnose a situation quickly, and solve problems, and can quickly determine the scope of a new project.

Anyone interested in the field of construction should learn about the field before making any decisions. The industry is extensive; you may pick one area such as plumbing, but within that area, you will find hundreds of specialties and sub-specialties. Read the material; learn the skills that are necessary to secure the position you desire and get an idea of the industry’s outlook. Once you know what you want, seek consultation with a recruitment firm familiar, or who specializes in this area of employment.

Whichever career you choose, Lofton Staffing is a great resource. We connect candidates with positions in several industries. From entry-level to management; from temp to temp-to-hire to direct hire, we help you find the niche that fits your skills, experience, and personality. Founded in 1979, our mission has never changed: to provide the best service possible. We connect candidates and companies every day. Contact us now.



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