You want a future that works for you, with a job you like that makes great money. Your parents want you to get a good education and be prepared for the workplace. Maybe you want to go to college. Maybe you don’t. Either way, considering a career in construction is a great place to start building your future.
A lot of people think that construction is about "hammer and nails" manual labor- and it is. The construction industry needs people who want to get their hands dirty. People who want to be hands-on in the building of important structures like hospitals and schools. Those jobs come with on-the-job training and a great salary. There are also a lot of jobs behind the design, budget, and management of construction projects. Many of these careers require a college degree. Most people don’t think that these type of jobs exist within the construction industry.
A rewarding and well paid job is waiting for you—but it’s up to you how you get there. Begin building your career from the ground up. Consider a career in construction.
BUILD A CAREER WITH OPPORTUNITIES
Consider this....the average annual salary for a job in construction/trades is $51,880. You can get into that type of job without a college degree -- by building skills as you learn on the job. How many industries can offer you that
If going to college is something that you want to do---the construction industry has opportunity for you as well! Consider this....the average annual salary for a job in construction management is $110,410.
You see what's going on in the media and question why we are recruting for the construction industry now--when all you hear about are layoffs of local construction workers. The truth is-- construction is an "aging" industry with the average worker being 47 years old--meaning many of our workers are near or past retirement age. On top of that, recent statistics show that the industry is picking up and as more and more work comes through while workers continue to retire--we won't have enough construction professionals to meet the demand of the projects. That's why we need you!
So what can we offer you? A great salary and multiple pathways into the industry are just two of the benefits the construction industry can offer you; here's a few more:
- Room for advancement
- Travel to job sites
- Fast-paced, challenging career
- Pride in knowing you were part of building important structures: schools, bridges, skyscrapers, hospitals, ect.
HOW TO GET STARTED
Construction is a great industry to be part of; and will allow you to build a solid future for yourself. If you've decided this is an industry you'd like to explore more, the next step is to think about the type of work you'd like to do.
Although there are many ways to get into the construction industry--we're going to tell you about two popular pathways-- the construction trades path and the construction degree path.
Read up and start building your future in construction today!
CONSTRUCTION TRADES PATH
America wasn’t built from behind a desk—and here’s a thought--your career doesn’t have to be either! Welcome to the construction industry. Where education is on-the-job, work is exciting and careers are built from the ground up. From laborers and cement masons to carpenters and heavy equipment operators, a career in the construction trades is built on the same foundation—solid skills learned through pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs. You can have the job you want without the expense and time invested in a degree program. You can earn while you learn.
If the the construction trades path sounds like the path for you, what are you waiting for? Click here for more information on the different careers in the construction trades and Below you'll find links to some of the pre and apprenticeship training programs in California.
CONSTRUCTION DEGREE PATH
Maybe you’re more interested in the design or management side of construction? Perhaps it’s important to you that you get an Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral Degree. In either case, the Construction Degree construction path could be for you.
Construction project managers, safety directors, engineers, and estimators prepare for their careers through earning a two or four-year degree in construction management, engineering, or business. While you’re finishing your degree, get a feel for working in the industry by participating in extracurricular activities like AGC Student Chapters, student organizations operate on various campuses across California. You’ll be able to build your practical skills outside of the classroom.
Click here to learn more about the types of construction careers that often require a college degree and links to some of the 2 and 4 year construction management and related degree programs at colleges/universities in California.