The Benefits of a Career in Construction
In the recent past – particularly for Millennial, Generation z, and now Generation X age groups – construction careers/jobs held the perception of work you do if you couldn’t make it in the corporate world or if you didn’t pursue a nonrelated technical degree.
This is a gross underestimation of what is a stable, challenging, and thriving career field that those same generations, some crippled by student debt and unrealistically career expectations, is just now grasping as one with real potential.
As a result, the number of graduated programs and new apprentices have increased over the past decade. Currently, there are over 585,000 apprentices nationwide acquiring the skills they need to succeed while earning the wages they need to build financial security.
While you may already be familiar from your job search, here’s a short synopsis of the benefits you’ll find in construction careers that our recruiters feel you should consider.
Above all, construction careers provide job security.
As a highly industrious nation, the US economy is intrinsically linked to construction. Data suggests the construction industry has more than 680,000 employers with over 7 million employees and generates nearly $1.3 trillion worth of structures per annum. More findings from a report by Dodge Data Analytics reveal a positive industry outlook for the rest of 2019:
- Institutional building will increase by 3%.
- Educational facilities should see continued growth in 2019, supported by funding coming from numerous school construction bond measures. Healthcare projects will make a partial rebound after pulling back in 2018. Airport terminal and amusement-related projects are expected to stay close to the elevated levels of construction starts reported in 2017 and 2018. As you travel past a hospital/healthcare facility or an airport look for signs of renovation or construction, those are signs of a healthy entity.
- Manufacturing plant construction will rise 2% following the 18% jump that’s estimated for 2018. With more and more manufacturing being persuaded to be “Made in the USA” manufacturing should remain strong. The recent pickup in petrochemical plant projects should continue, and cuts in the corporate tax rate from tax reform should encourage firms to invest more in new plant capacity.
- Public works construction will increase by 4% due to growth in environmental and transportation-based projects backed by recent legislation. Replacement for some aging infrastructure should drive this sector.
Because of the uptick in construction projects, construction jobs offer secure and consistent work. Plus, Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) are now retiring from construction jobs in large numbers. An estimated 40% of the construction workforce is comprised of Boomers, and another 54% are reported to be at the managerial level. Due to noticeable talent shortages, contractors and construction companies are actively looking to fill these vacancies with the next generation of apprentices and journeymen with specialized skills that are simply not as commonplace anymore.
And, while it’s hard to believe you can’t do construction in colder climates that is simply not true, construction isn’t seasonal; it’s year-round. There’s still plenty of projects that need to be completed throughout the winter that have spring and summer deadlines. New innovations and improved building/construction materials make year round working a real thing.
Start earning NOW
Construction recruiters take pride in how easy it is to get into construction so you can start earning a respectable wage and learning true life lessons arguably earlier than most of your peers. The typical university path doesn’t place in a salary-earning earning position until post-college, and even then sometimes not until after internships with irregular compensation.
Compensation for construction workers varies by specialty, title, and experience. For apprentices, like carpenters, for example, the starting wage is 30 to 50% of the wage earned by seasoned carpenters and go upwards of $50,000 and beyond. However, construction workers who reach the managerial or executive level can earn near $90,000 plus. In addition there can be hourly incentives and incentives to meet milestones and deadlines
Like any career, you get out of it what you put into it. The sky is truly the limit!
Work for veterans
Veterans: You’ve served our country with honor; now, let it give back to you with a career that builds on your previous experiences/learnings and gives you camaraderie similar to the military. Veterans are a pillar of our communities and an important segment of the construction industry.
It’s estimated that 15.5% of all veterans enter construction-related jobs once returning to civilian life. The skills learned in the military are direclty applicable in the construction field and highly sought after. Veterans also have characteristics that are valuable traits in construction:
- Can lead and follow
- Respect for authority
- Goal-oriented attitude
- Disciplined in completing tasks efficiently
If you’re a veteran, transitioning into the construction field could be seamless, rewarding and provide consistent employment.
A true work-life balance is becoming harder and harder to achieve. American work culture has changed drastically in the last decade – we’re working longer hours, commuting farther, and retiring later than ever before.
Construction workers aren’t completely exempt from this; sometimes, you just have to put in more hours to get the job done, and individual circumstances apply. However the general structure of construction jobs allows for a reliable work-life balance.
Most construction workers have day jobs with evenings off, but there are some projects that have day and evening “shifts” depending on the project. When the job is done, it’s done – you’re either onto the next project or done for the day. Often with an earlier start time, construction workers are finished earlier than most people and able to return home to their families sooner than many of their 9-5 peers. It does depend in the project, the timing and deadlines.
If you do have to work longer hours you may receive overtime compensation, depending on several factors.
No two days are the same!!
By nature, construction work is not “boring.” Every day on the job poses its own challenges, often at different locations that are outside your normal radius. The environment is your classroom – breath fresh air, work with your hands, and see the fruit of your labor take shape as the days go by.
As an apprentice, you learn on the job and start contributing to your team’s efforts immediately. No matter how far along you progress in your career, there’s always something new to learn. The variety of projects, development in technology, and evolution in new materials foster a culture of continual education.
Why is it better to find construction jobs with a recruiter?
Part of the problem the construction industry has faced is marketing to younger generations and lack of education and resources available to younger generations vocational training programs. To modern-day jobseekers and students, technology is ubiquitous to daily existence and an endless storehouse of information is just a swipe away. Conventional marketing methods, inundated inboxes leave us unimpressed and annoyed with the job search.
That’s why working 1:1 with a recruiter to find your next opportunity is more effective. Not only does a recruiter save you time by doing the legwork for you, but he or she gets to know you on a personal level to ensure that what you invest in pursuing is worth pursuing.