Construction

Construction is an industry that includes the building, maintenance and repair of our built environment, from roads and bridges to stadiums and schools. Explore in-demand careers, including salaries, education requirements and training options.

Explore High-Demand Careers


Architect

Average Salary $89,470 USD

Architects design new buildings and create the plans used to construct them. From the building’s outward appearance to the placement of interconnected systems throughout the structure, architects turn construction projects from concepts into the blueprints and diagrams needed to make them a reality.

Boilermaker

Average Salary $66,251 USD

Boilermakers manufacture and install boilers, tanks and other large vessels that contain liquids and gases. Boiler-making often involves similar skills, equipment and processes as the welding and pipefitting crafts, where many boilermakers start their career.

Carpenter

Average Salary $61,071 USD

Construction is an industry that includes the building, maintenance and repair of our built environment, from roads and bridges to stadiums and schools. Explore in-demand careers, including salaries, education requirements and training options.

Civil Engineer

Average Salary $95,440 USD

Civil engineers often split time between the office and project sites, which might include new roads and highways, bridges, tunnels, dams, water and sewage facilities, and electrical plants.

Concrete Finisher

Average Salary $58,046 USD

Concrete finishers build foundations, floors, walls, roads and other structures that are made using concrete. While they still use a variety of classic tools to shape surfaces of poured concrete, they also employ modern machines like riders and laser screeds.

Construction Site Safety Technician

Average Salary $70,986 USD

Construction site safety technicians oversee protective safety procedures, inspections and training for construction projects. Safety technicians are an important part of any job site and must have an attentive eye and good communications skills.

Craft Laborer

Average Salary $43,000 USD

Construction laborers are generalized professionals who assist in a variety of different tasks on a construction site. Often an entry-level position for new entrants to the industry, laborers get hands-on experience that touch a number of different crafts, offering a foot in the door to potential career specializations.

Drywall Installer

Average Salary $54,773 USD

Installing drywall includes fitting panels to the building frame, shaping and cutting to make room for fixtures such as windows, outlets and ceiling fans, and concealing seams and screws to prepare a smooth surface for painting.

Electrician

Average Salary $69,303 USD

Electricians install and maintain the electrical and power systems in new and existing structures. The complex wiring, outlets, switches and circuit breakers that turn on lights, charge phones and even keep large factories running are the handiwork of electricians.

Framer

Average Salary $52,495 USD

Framers assemble wall, ceiling and floor frames that help give a building its structure and support. Building frames help create the layout of the building and provide reinforcement for drywall, bricks and other finishing materials.

Glazier

Average Salary $49,400 USD

Glaziers select, cut and install different types of glass and glass fixtures in buildings. Glaziers work with windows, glass doors, mirrors and even artistic stained glasses.

HVAC Technician

Average Salary $65,231 USD

HVAC technicians install and maintain the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems that maintain temperature and air quality in buildings.

Heavy Equipment Operator

Average Salary $62,909 USD

Heavy equipment operators control the excavators, bulldozers, dump trucks and other large machinery that move materials at a construction site. Skilled operators are critical for preparing land for new builds, and they need to have a strong feel for how their powerful equipment moves and functions.

Instrumentation Technician

Average Salary $78,320 USD

Instrumentation technicians test, install and repair instruments and electronic devices that make measurements and control machinery.

Insulator

Average Salary $57,384 USD

Insulators install insulation to help maintain the temperature in buildings and on pipes, HVAC systems and other equipment. Insulation both protects sensitive equipment and systems while preventing unwanted heat transfer, helping energy efficiency.

Ironworker

Average Salary $63,680 USD

Ironworkers install iron and steel girders, columns and support beams that provide a sturdy structure for large buildings. Precision and focus are important skills for ironworkers, ensuring all structural elements are assembled correctly and safely.

Mason

Average Salary $57,646 USD

Masons use bricks, blocks and stones to construct walls, structural supports and even decorative surfaces. Masonry is typically durable and long-lasting, making this craft a key part in a construction build.

Millwright

Average Salary $68,640 USD

Millwrights assemble and maintain machinery on construction sites and in factories and power plants. Understanding complex manuals and the use of specialized tools are among the skills required for millwrights.

Mobile Crane Operator

Average Salary $73,285 USD

Mobile crane operators drive and control cranes that move around the job site and use a telescoping boom to raise and lower materials and equipment. Operators use joysticks, levers and pedals to control their equipment and must have a strong understanding of physics.

Painter

Average Salary $53,040 USD

Painters apply paint and protective coatings on the walls and other surfaces of buildings. Painting projects could include choosing an enjoyable interior color for a living or work space, applying sealant to exteriors for protection from the elements or even restoration of historical decorative art.

Pipefitter

Average Salary $67,824 USD

Pipefitters often operate in industrial settings and work with durable pipe materials like metals that can handle high-pressure substances.

Pipeline Technician

Average Salary $61,533 USD

Pipeline technicians work to maintain the long networks of pipeline that transport petroleum and other products.

Plumber

Average Salary $73,320 USD

Plumbing distributes clean water to faucets and showers while removing waste, making plumbers key figures in a sanitary and healthy society.

Powerline Worker

Average Salary $85,072 USD

Linemen and women are essential to keeping electricity flowing to every home, office, hospital and school and they are often among the first responders for natural disasters and other emergencies.

Project Manager

Average Salary $98,965 USD

Project managers oversee a variety of different teams and craft professionals, making sure they are working in sync and finding solutions to any challenges that may arise.

Rigger

Average Salary $68,170 USD

Riggers are responsible for attaching loads to cranes using cables, hooks and other equipment and need to have an understanding of physics, balance and weight distribution.

Roofer

Average Salary $59,131 USD

Roofers build, inspect and repair roofs for buildings using a variety of materials, including shingles, asphalt, wood and aluminum.

Scaffold Builder

Average Salary $58,834 USD

Scaffold builders install temporary structures made up of ladders, walkways and handrails that are used by other craft professionals to access hard-to-reach places on construction projects.

Sheet Metal Worker

Average Salary $61,776 USD

Sheet metal workers cut and shape sheets of thin metal to fabricate products such as air ducts and roofing elements. Many modern sheet metal fabrication shops use computers and special equipment such as laser cutters to assist in their work.

Solar Photovoltaic Installer

Average Salary $53,783 USD

Solar photovoltaic installers assemble and maintain solar panels that capture energy from the sun. From installing large panels at a solar farm to placing smaller solar roof tiles on the top of a home or office, photovoltaic installation is a growing field helping to develop green energy solutions.

Sprinkler Fitter

Average Salary $59,288 USD

Sprinkler fitters are responsible for installing protective fire sprinkler systems in buildings. Knowledge of tools and materials as well as local and national sprinkler and fire codes are essential for this craft.

Surveyor

Average Salary $70,880 USD

Surveyors are among the first people at the site of a new project and the information they gather helps with plotting out blueprints, utility maps and computer models.

Tower Crane Operator

Average Salary $77,792 USD

Tower crane operators control the tall tower cranes that are used to lift materials and equipment in the construction of skyscrapers and other large structures. Strong understanding of physics, environmental conditions, weight distribution and the controls and functions of the crane are important for this career.

Underground Construction

Average Salary $53,730 USD

Underground construction workers install, repair and map out underground utilities systems such as gas, water, sewage, communications and power lines. This work may involve trenching using equipment at the surface, or take place underground using trench-less methods that allow utilities to be installed under existing obstacles.

Welder

Average Salary $73,531 USD

Welders fuse materials and objects together by applying heat or pressure. Using flames, electricity or other welding techniques, these skilled professionals join different pieces of metal by melting the materials together and allowing them to cool, creating a strong bond.

Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician

Average Salary $59,340 USD

Wind turbine maintenance technicians are responsible for performing inspections and repairs on electricity-generating wind turbines. Sometimes these repairs take place at the very top of the turbine in what is called the nacelle operating room, which houses instruments that measure wind speed and direction.