A career in construction can take you all the way to CEO.
Construction careers in today’s market are all about high-tech, high-stakes, huge earning potential and the opportunity to travel the world. Wherever you are in your education, there’s a way for you to start training and securing the right credentials now. Click on the button below to begin exploring your career options within this interactive career path. As you explore, don’t forget to watch the provided videos or learn more about that step through the additional resource section. Begin tracking each step of your career path with the activity guide provided.
Middle School – CAREER AWARENESS
At this age you should be exploring your career options in the construction industry. Here are ways you can get ahead of the game:
- Learn the various industry sectors: residential, commercial and industrial construction.
- Find out what career an technical education (CTE) classes are offered at your high school.
- Attend a construction career day.
- Continue exploring with BYF's additional resources section below.
High School-Technical Centers
To set off on your construction career journey you can:
- Take career and technical education (CTE) classes at your high school or a technical center.
- Earn credentials in your high school classes if they are taught by NCCER-certified craft instructors.
- Earn college credit with the earned credentials from some colleges.
- Use your industry-recognized credentials to get a job with a company that will potentially assist with your education and training after high school.
If college is a part of your career path, you will:
- Enroll in a four- or five-year program with no previous construction experience needed.
- Study degrees such as design, project management, estimating, human resources, architecture, engineering and safety.
- Gain knowledge through various technical, managerial and business courses.
Assistant Project Manager
After completing a construction management program, your next step is to gain the experience you need to do it on your own one day. At this stage you will:
- Become the assistant for various positions such as project manager, estimator, safety manager, scheduler, quality assurance manager or human resource manager.
- Gain experience as an assistant in these positions to become a manager yourself.
- Progress from managing one project at a time to being responsible for multiple projects.
- Potentially travel for the job depending on the size of the firm.
It’s time to let your managerial skills shine. As a project manager, you will:
- Utilize your management experience from working as an assistant project manager or a site superintendent.
- Oversee multiple projects.
- Work with everyone from craft professionals to the CEO of the company.
- Plan, budget and document all aspects of a project.
- Potentially travel depending on the size of the company you work for.
Community or Technical College
As a part of these flexible programs, you will be able to:
- Earn college credit upon completing construction craft training courses.
- Experience hands-on learning and master skills.
- Find a job in the field you are studying while attending school.
When you’re ready for a construction job, a great way to build your resume is to:
- Enter the workforce as a craft laborer or apprentice.
- Work with a craft professional to further your skills.
- Acclimate to a high-pressure environment.
- Gain experience and journey-level assessments needed to impress employers.
Experience the best of both worlds –learning and earning –with an apprenticeship. Here you can:
- Earn money while you learn a craft as a craft helper or apprentice.
- Learn and get trained through companies whose instructors hold classes.
- Find a company that will pay for you to attend technical or community college in the evening while you earn money during the day.
After completing a training or college program, your next step could be working. As a craft professional, you:
- Make an average income of $29.25 per hour*.
- May travel frequently depending on company size and needs.
- Build on your success with leadership training to become a crew leader or foreman.
- Continue to learn and enroll in college to earn a construction management degree or other bachelor’s degrees.
*Average base pay from 2018 NCCER Craft Salary Survey
Crew Leader / Foreman
As a crew leader or foreman you now have the skill and leadership abilities to:
- Use your effective communication, planning and scheduling skills learned in leadership training.
- Supervise a crew of craft professionals.
- Oversee the safety and productivity of those under you.
- Take management or supervisory training to become a safety manager, project manager or superintendent.
Your expertise will come in handy as a site superintendent when you need to:
- Manage all subcontractors and crews on site.
- Use your knowledge from completed supervisory training or project management degree.
- Travel to different jobs in the United States and the world depending on your company.
- Advance your career and move into senior management or become a project manager.
At this point, you have managed crew, sites, projects and more. In a senior management position, you:
- Utilize your managerial experience at the corporate level.
- Run various divisions such as quality control, estimating, safety, human resources and overall management.
- Advise important decisions made for the company.
- Use your knowledge of the process and working parts of a successful project.
CEO, Executive, Owner
No matter where you started or what path you’ve taken, you’ve made it. In addition to running your own construction company, you can:
- Look back on your unique career path.
- Become a success story and inspiration to others.
- Determine your own level of success with the flexibility of the construction industry.