Construction is one of the country’s largest industries, with 240,000 industry professionals needed every year to meet the nation’s demands, according to data provided by the Central Florida Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC). It’s a career that is in high demand, especially here in Florida.
Here at Tucker Paving, Inc., we already know how rewarding the career is. Now we want you to know the various career options in the construction industry, as well as the benefits of this in-demand industry.
Career Options in Construction
There are many different career paths in the construction industry. Broad categories include:
The term carpenter generally refers to those who construct, install, erect, and remodel structures and fixtures, but the term can be used in a broader sense as well. According to the data from the ABC, carpenters have an average salary of more than $48,000 annually.
Electricians install and repair electrical lines in residential, commercial, and industrial applications. The ABC maintains electricians average more than $53,000 a year.
- HVAC Technicians
These technicians are responsible for installing and repairing heating and cooling systems in all areas. On average, they make more than $45,000 annually.
Pipefitters install and maintain pipes for a variety of applications, such as for radiators and tanks. They make over $54,000 a year on average.
Plumbers install and repair plumbing in residential, commercial, and industrial applications. On average, they make more than $51,000 a year.
- Sheet Metal Worker
These professionals are responsible for installing and maintaining systems that utilize sheet metal duct work, like that utilized as part of an HVAC system to deliver hot or cold air around a building. They make an average of more than $46,000 annually.
Welders use a variety of gas and heat to permanently join two metal pieces together for a wide variety of applications. Welders average more than $56,000 per year.
- Instrumentation Technician
These professionals test, calibrate, install, repair, and inspect monitoring devices used in industrial and commercial processes. They make more than $60,000 per year, on average.
The Benefits of a Career in Construction
Beyond earning a competitive salary, there are many benefits to a career in construction. As an in-demand industry, there are many different job options in a variety of sectors. Most include on-the-job training, including apprentice programs, that don’t carry the debt associated with a college degree.
Many construction specialists also enjoy the fact that they don’t have to sit at a desk all day, can be outdoors at times, and have a variety of jobs to add interest.
Of course we are partial to the construction industry here at Tucker Paving, Inc. We offer an array of construction services, and we are committed to the providing the highest standard of service and quality.