With plenty of job opportunities, high economic demand and a low barrier to entry, the construction industry has a lot to offer to potential workers. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that the construction industry will grow by 10% between 2018 and 2028. They also report a higher than median salary for people who work in this sector. If you want to start or grow your construction career, consider one of these high-paying or high-opportunity jobs.
Construction managers oversee all aspects of project coordination, including role assignment, budget management and deadline scheduling. They perform top-level organization to ensure project timeliness, safety, efficiency and compliance.
Equipment operators oversee and control heavy equipment like excavators and cranes. The BLS predicts that this job will grow by 10% between 2018 and 2028, offering plenty of opportunities to aspiring operators.
Elevator technicians work with elevators and similar structures such as escalators, moving walkways and chairlifts. Job duties include assembly, installation, maintenance and replacement. According to the BLS, this occupation has a much higher than median growth rate and salary.
Civil engineers design, build and supervise infrastructure projects such as buildings, roads and bridges. Depending on the nature of their position, a civil engineer may also perform some of the duties associated with a construction manager.
Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical equipment and systems. In construction, they install electrical systems in new construction projects and perform ongoing maintenance. The highest-earning 10% of electricians earn $96,580, or around $40,000 more than the median salary.
Plumbers install and maintain building systems related to moving liquids and gases. According to the BLS, the demand for plumbers will grow by 14% between 2018 and 2028.
Solar installers assemble, install and maintain solar energy panels. The rise of green energy across the world has led to a projected 63% growth for this job from 2018 to 2028.
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