Q: Why should I work in construction?
- You won’t have to go into debt for your education. With an apprenticeship, you can start working right out of high school, while also getting training on the job.
- You’ll get paid well from day one. In just your first year as an apprentice, you’ll earn anywhere from 30%-50% of what a fully qualified journeyperson makes, and your wages will increase each year until you’re certified. Like other careers, your pay continues to increase with your experience.
- Depending on which career path you choose, your pay can be on par with the salary of an accountant or engineer. Wages in construction range from $30,000-$68,000 annually. https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_co.htm#47-0000
- After a few years, you’ll be certified in your chosen career. You can then become your own boss and have your own employees.
- Skilled trades are considered “evergreen professions” which means they will always be needed. The demand for skilled workers increases even during periods of economic decline.
- You’ll always have work. There’s a talent shortage of skilled tradespeople so there are always jobs available – It can be difficult to get jobs in other professions because everyone is trying to get the same position.
- Careers in construction are respected and are a huge part of ensuring a healthy economy. You’ll be helping families build homes and cities build infrastructure. You’ll help ensures we have power, clean water, and telecommunications lines. You’ll help create the places where we work and live, and give us parks, hospitals, libraries, and schools. You’ll be contributing to your community and helping to strengthen Colorado’s economy.
Q: What am I going to do with a job in construction?
- It’s a long-term, flexible career. It pays well, and you will be able to find interesting work. It doesn’t matter where you are located, whether, in the U.S. or anywhere else in the world. There will always be a need for construction workers.
- It will allow you to use your hands and mind to solve problems. You will be able to work on teams with other tradespeople and, at the same time, build something tangible and useful for society.
- You will build a valuable skill set you will use throughout your life.
Q: What are some of the traits required to work in the construction industry?
- Some of the common traits required to work in the construction industry are:
- The ability to work both indoors and outdoors, often in strenuous conditions.
- Good physical condition
- Ability to work a minimum of 40 hours per week
- Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
- Strong mechanical competence
- Good with your hands