Types of Construction Jobs

Have you thought of pursing a job in the construction industry? When thinking about construction jobs, few career options may come to mind. However, many interesting and often well-paying construction jobs exist and urgently need to be filled. You can learn more about careers in the construction industry, the types of certificates or degrees required to obtain them and salary information if you read on.

Construction Manager

  • Construction managers oversee construction projects. They are responsible for budgeting projects, hiring and directing laborers, purchasing land and materials, maintaining safe work environments, handling disputes and acquiring permits and licenses.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average construction manager makes $95,260 per year, which is $45.80 per hour.
  • To be the most successful in this career, you’ll need a bachelor’s degrees in building science, engineering, construction management or architecture. Although some companies are willing to train new construction managers, it’s highly recommended that you complete an internship in college and volunteer as a management assistant afterward before applying for jobs.

Wind Turbine Technician

  • Wind turbine technicians install and maintain wind turbines. They work hundreds of feet off the ground and have extensive knowledge of the turbine’s electrical, hydraulic and mechanical system.
  • The average salary of a wind turbine technician is $52,910 according to the BLS, which is $25.44 per hour.
    You’ll need to purse either a certificate or an associate’s degree in wind energy technology for this job.
  • If you’re interested in gaining hands-on training with wind turbines, it’s suggested that you apply to a technical school since they tend to have wind turbines onsite. Additional training is needed after finishing school; manufacture training is a component of it. The training takes over a year to complete.

Pipefitter

  • Pipefitters create and manipulate pipes for mechanical piping systems. They also install and repair those systems.
  • The BLS claims that the average annual wage of a pipefitter is $55,160, which is $26.52 per hour.
  • You’ll need either a high school diploma or a GED to start a pipefitter apprenticeship, which lasts four to five years. Pipefitters often take courses on pipe system design, safety and tool use at technical schools during their apprenticeship. Some apprenticeship programs require pipefitters to take welding courses too. After completing the apprenticeship, pipefitters take an exam to obtain a license to work independently.

Construction Laborer

  • Construction laborers work on construction sites. Some of their responsibilities include testing equipment and machinery for safety, moving supplies and materials, operating machinery, utilizing blueprints to determine what types of structures to build and erecting and tearing down buildings.
  • According to the BLS, the average annual wage of the a construction laborer is $36,000, which is $17.31 per hour.
  • You’ll need either a high school diploma or a GED to begin on-the-job training for this career. Some construction laborers may be required to enroll in a certificate program if specified by their employer to prove general comprehension of the field. Also, additional training programs may provide advanced career opportunities for construction laborers.