If you’re in high school, starting college, or even just looking to make a career change, have you considered getting involved with a career in construction? While it’s not a highly-glamourized industry, construction is a constant. With so many different types of positions available, you just might find something that interests you! Here are a few things to consider if you’re thinking about entering the world of construction:
1) Career Stability
Construction isn’t going anywhere. Even in the crazy times, we’re living in during this global pandemic, people are always going to need a place to live and a place to work.
2) Rising Salaries
You may have preconceived notions about construction workers being poorly paid. Contrary to this myth, construction salaries are on the rise. With the labor shortage in the industry and skilled workers becoming more in demand, salaries are expected to steadily rise in future years. There are plenty of well-paying positions in the construction field that are not labor-related such as project managers, estimators, designers, architects, etc.
3) Options for continuing education (or not)
If the idea of college doesn’t thrill you, but you’re still looking for a stable career, construction might be a great fit for you. Many companies are willing to train strong candidates for field positions without a degree. There are also apprentice programs available for hands-on learning for trades like carpentry. On the flip side of that, if you do enjoy school and are interested in pursuing a degree, consider a Construction Management degree. If you’re already established in the construction industry but are looking to further your education there are plenty of programs available such as project management certifications to help strengthen your skills and knowledge.
4) New challenges daily
If a 9-5 desk job isn’t for you then a career in construction might be just what you’re looking for. Field employees have new and interesting challenges to tackle every day on job sites. Even as a project manager or estimator things are always changing. For these positions, you may spend a chunk of your time in the office, but each project is unique and will keep you on your toes.
The construction industry can get a bad rap, which is a shame because there are endless opportunities available for people with a wide variety of skills and interests. We encourage you to explore the career opportunities available in the construction industry! Imagine going into a restaurant, school, or anywhere else and being able to say ‘I helped build that!’
For more information on construction, visit our website to learn more about Souder Brothers and our work environment!