Your advice and counsel is critical to students as they graduate and pursue a career. The construction industry offers ever-evolving, dynamic career opportunities for students who want to enter the workforce immediately after high school as well as for those who want to pursue college degrees.
The industry needs individuals who enjoy working outdoors as well as those more comfortable in front of a computer screen. A construction job is a dynamic environment that changes daily. Our society needs the skills of those who have the ability to envision a building or bridge and create the plans that others will use to turn that vision into reality.
The construction workforce is as diverse as any that can be imagined. Some – such as project managers, estimators, and designers – have degrees in business and technology. Others use advanced skills gained from years of training to turn their joy of building and creating into a trade that can vary from operating large equipment to building leading-edge clean rooms, to walking high in the air on steel beams, to installing complex electrical systems.
Students with an interest and aptitude in math, science, and technology in particular should consider careers in construction. From construction management degree programs at world-renowned universities, to apprenticeship programs and trade schools, the industry offers a plentiful and varied range of educational opportunities. And construction jobs offer a lifetime of good pay and benefits, the potential to advance and chances to be your own boss.
Helping to design or build a stadium, bridge, high rise or hospital provides an amazing sense of accomplishment. Your advice to students will help them decide what they want to do with their lives; a career in construction may be one of the best decisions they’ll ever make.
If you are interested in how different components come together to make a building work, a job in construction could be right for you. Carpenters, electricians, plumbers, pipefitters and many more trades – construction has it all!