The construction industry has experienced a winding road to recovery. The good news for those considering a construction job is that the industry is hitting its stride. Plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters and construction managers will be needed to build new structures and update existing buildings.
Construction jobs are great for people who like to work with their hands and see concrete results of their efforts. On construction sites, you work as part of a team to build something. Check out these construction jobs, and see what role you if there is a construction company hiring near you.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, annual salaries of each construction jobs group is:
Job Group Hourly Rate Annual Income
• Construction Managers: $49/hr; $103,960/yearly
• Electrician: $28/hr; $59,740/yearly
• Carpenter: $25/hr; $53,150/yearly
• Laborers: $20/hr; $42,320/yearly
• Engineers and operator equipment: $27/hr; $57,660/yearly
1. Construction Superintendent
A construction superintendent oversees the operations of a construction site, from planning to completion. The duties of construction superintendent will vary. However, construction superintendents can expect to be responsible for daily scheduling, supervising all activities and tasks, and ensuring the safety and compliance of the site.
2. Project Engineer
Project engineering is an excellent job for someone with engineering skills looking for a management position. Project engineers oversee all engineering and technical aspects of engineering projects in a company to assure the highest level of accuracy and quality. They prepare, schedule, coordinate, and monitor assigned engineering projects.
3. Construction Estimator
Construction estimators are responsible for surveying projects, estimating labor and material costs, and communicating financial information and project timelines to customers. Estimators must have a keen attention to detail and skills at evaluating projects from a bird’s-eye view to manage their client’s expectations accurately.
4. Construction Inspector
Construction inspectors are employed by local governments to ensure that all buildings and new construction are up to code and safe for use. Construction inspectors spend the bulk of their time making site visits. Training and work experience in the construction industry are assets for a construction inspector.
5. Journeyman Electrician
A journeyman electrician job consists of installing and maintaining electrical work for commercial and residential projects. Journeyman electricians are trained to install electrical systems and wiring and to ensure that all systems work correctly. They work rigorously to make sure installations are safe and are up to code. They find source problems and repair broken electrical systems.
Plumbers are trained to repair and install water pipes and fixtures in new and existing buildings. They are equipped to perform any duties related to fixing garbage disposals, toilets, shower and sink drains, and even in some cases, sewage lines. Plumbers must be able to identify and resolve a variety of issues, as well as have the stamina to perform often challenging physical labor
Pipefitters work with metals, shaping them to fit specifications for industrial use. It is the pipefitter’s job to manipulate the metal into the perfect shape and form, using techniques such as threading, welding, grinding, rigging, cutting, bending, and soldering. A pipefitter is also responsible for transporting the pipes and installing them.
Carpenters fabricate, remodel, and repair structures and frameworks using materials made from wood and other materials. There are commercial carpenters, industrial carpenters, and residential carpenters. Carpenters measure and cut wood, drywall, and fiberglass using a variety of hand and power tools, shaping them for structural use.
9. Equipment Operator
Equipment operator jobs require the safe and proper use of various types of heavy machinery in a construction or demolition environment. The tasks of an equipment operator vary depending on the type of job and machinery. Equipment operators most commonly work in construction, oil and gas pipelines, and logging. Some of the most common machines operated in this job are bulldozers, cranes, backhoes, and graders.
10. Construction Laborer
A construction laborer is part of a crew that performs a broad range of functions on job sites. Tasks range in difficulty from relatively easy to potentially hazardous, including preparing construction sites for new projects. Construction laborers also operate and maintain equipment and machines, like concrete mixers, jackhammers, saws, drills, and more.