Why Construction is a viable career choice:
Think about it. Where would our economy be without qualified employees who build, improve, and repair the structures we use everyday? Your home, your office, the hospital, your children's school, the church your family attends, the list goes on. It's safe to say we will always need the hard-working craftsmanship of those in construction. More good news: it's a growing industry.
Did you know earnings for those in construction careers are higher than the average for all industries? That's right. Construction pays. There are many opportunities in the construction trades and as parents, teachers, and guidance counselors we need to let our youth be made aware of these choices. In the past, lack of career awareness led to the industry's decline in recruitment. It remains a challenge.
How do I pursue this career path?
- Entering the construction industry can be done with a variety of educational backgrounds. Those right out of high school would often start as laborers, helpers, or apprentices. Those who attended a technical or vocational school also go through apprenticeship training and, therefore, may progress at a somewhat faster pace because they already have had courses such as mathematics, mechanical drawing, or woodworking.
- Many people enter the construction trades through apprenticeship programs. These programs offer on-the-job training under the close supervision of an experienced craftworker and formal classroom instruction. Apprenticeships are administered by local employers, trade associations and trade unions.
- Most skilled craft jobs require proficiency in reading and mathematics, while safety training is required for most jobs. Education and experience with proper safety practices is a big advantage and something that is updated constantly. Look how safety gear and standards have changed over just the last 10-20 years!
- Skilled workers and other construction trade specialists need either additional years of informal, on-the-job experience or apprenticeship training.
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2006-07 Career Guide to Industries)
Construction offers something for everyone
Construction offers many career opportunities. It welcomes and needs different talents and backgrounds such as managers, clerical workers, engineers, truck drivers, trades workers, and more. Chances are likely you can find job opportunities in the construction industry. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) Thinking about a career in construction? To apply for career opportunities with your local roofing professionals, click here: Frost Roofing Employment Opportunities. Or contact us with any questions! 419-739-ROOF