5 Things to Consider for a Career Path in Construction

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The construction sector is booming at the moment and there are currently great shortages of qualified workers across the board. This is the perfect time for anyone who loves construction and would like to either work on or manage large construction projects.

However, before you embark on this career path, there are some things you need to be aware of. Here are some of the things people thinking of starting a career in construction should consider.

1. It Can Get Dangerous

If you’re aware of the type of salaries that are being offered to construction workers, you may already know that they get paid fairly well. Well, part of the reason why they are paid so heftily is because there’s a certain measure of danger involved.

Construction workers are often near the top of the list for many work injuries such as electrocutions, collisions, and trip and fall accidents.

However, these dangers can be mitigated by how good of a contractor you are or are working with. Contractors who follow safety regulations are much less likely to deal with injuries.

They will also offer their workers good insurance coverage and have general liability insurance coverage to deal with damage to their clients’ property or injuries to third parties.

2. There are Many Career Paths that You Can Choose from

If there’s an aspect of being a regular journeyman that you don’t really like, you should know that there are many career paths that you can take if you want to work in construction. And once you’ve identified a field that you like and complete your formation, you can start moving up the ranks as well.

If you want to know what type of specializations are available, here are a few of them:

  • Bricklayer
  • Plasterer
  • Stonemason
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter/Joiner
  • Construction Vehicle Operator
  • Roofer/Tiler

Once you start working in any of these positions, you can then become a manager, supervisor, or even start teaching if you want to.

Or if you really want to take it up a notch and pursue a college education, you could even decide to get a degree in architecture or civil engineering.

Your previous knowledge will give you a leg up over other students and will give you a unique hands-on perspective that others may not have. A project or design might look good to some, but you’ll be able to see some technical issues others might not be aware of because of your experience, which can be a great advantage.

3. You’ll Have to Start from the Bottom

Yes, construction jobs do tend to pay very well and there are tons of opportunities around, but that’s mainly true for people with experience. If you want to get those high paying jobs, you’ll have to be prepared to clock lots of hours in first.

However, you shouldn’t see that as a bad thing, since this is where you’ll be able to hone your craft and make your first mistakes. You also shouldn’t waste too much time looking at unrealistic job offers at that stage.

But the great thing is that there are tons of openings available to people with little experience. There are plenty of apprenticeships to go around and you shouldn’t have issues finding a company that will give you apprentice work.

Depending on how well the apprenticeship went, they’ll be more than happy to recommend you for better jobs later on.

4. You Don’t have to Go the Apprentice Route

There are also many other alternative routes you can take if you want to gain experience and don’t want to go for apprentice work. Apprentice jobs don’t always have the best pay and you might not always get to do what you really like.

However, experience is really not something you can get around in this business and most contractors won’t work with people unless they have a minimum of experience.

One way you could get experience is by being a volunteer. Volunteering on a construction site is a great way to get some notches behind your belt and give back at the same time.

5. You Can Get Work Abroad as Well

Construction skills are in high demand around the globe and with a solid formation, there aren’t many places where your expertise won’t be valuable.

Places like Australia, for instance, are begging for tradespeople to fill positions. The country is building at neck breaking speeds and need more skilled construction workers than ever. The pay is very good as well. So, if you think that would be an option, you could serve some time in your home country and consider a job abroad after getting some significant experience.

The construction sector is a very vibrant scene and great for people who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and have a genuine love for building. If you think that’s the field for you, then consider all the options available and choose the path that suits you the best.  

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