By Michael Gonzalez
Although the construction sector was hard hit during the recession, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that construction will rebound fully between 2010 and 2020 and grow jobs to its pre-recession-level. This is excellent news for people looking for lucrative and steady work in building trades. There are many interesting, well-paid jobs in the construction industry. Here are four positions and their respective salaries (provided by BLS.org) that are projected to have faster than average job growth.
1. Construction Manager – Construction managers work in offices and on job sites, coordinating all of the different parts of a construction job. As construction is projected to grow in the coming years, the demand for construction managers will also increase. Construction managers require a bachelor’s degree plus on the job training, and earn a median wage of $82,790. Many need to work evenings and weekends, especially when emergencies arise on site.
2. HVAC Technician – HVAC technicians make an average of $43,640 per year. Installing and maintaining heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment in homes and businesses, HVAC technicians must have good working knowledge of a wide range of equipment and be skilled at working with their hands in small spaces where HVAC equipment has been installed. While some candidates may learn on the job, employers typically prefer candidates that have had post-secondary training through programs like Penn Foster, or other schools were specialized degrees can be earned.
3. Cement Mason – Cement masonry jobs are projected to grow faster than average from 2012-2022, and many workers can get started in the field with on the job training. Apprenticeships offer another path to the job. Cement masons mix, shape, and pour cement for floors, paths, roads, sidewalks, driveways, and other surfaces. They can also work with terrazzo, a form of mosaic work. The median salary for cement masons is $35,830 per year.
4. Cost Estimator – While a cost estimator does occasionally get down and dirty at the construction site, he also spends time going over job budgets and crunching numbers indoors. Cost estimators need a wide body of knowledge about construction jobs, existing site resources, cost estimating software, building information modeling software, and computers. Some cost estimators may budget the cost for the entire scope of a project, while others may work only on specific details, such as the cost estimate for new building electricity. Cost estimators generally need a bachelor’s degree and may find a background in mathematics useful. The median salary for this position is $58,860. For more additional information on cost estimator careers, US News: Money Career page has a great overview of salary, training and reviews.
Michael Gonzalez is a residential home builder and father who tweets tips on DIY home maintenance.