Build a Career in Construction

Do you like to design buildings or landscapes? Are you a builder? If so, construction might be the right field for you.

Job Outlook

In Florida, the construction industry will continue grow. From now until 2024, Florida is projected to add more than 70,000 jobs in the construction trades, from painters and plumbers to cement masons and electricians. 

Meta-Major: Industry, Manufacturing and Construction

Are you interested in construction but not sure what you want to do? Check out the industry, manufacturing and construction meta-major at your local state college. A meta-major is a collection of associate degree programs aligned to a general career area, such as construction. Because all programs under the meta-major have common courses, you can pursue a relevant course of study before deciding on a specific degree program.

The Education-Career-Income Connection

Many construction jobs do not require a degree but most require some technical training. 

Training, Certification or Associate Degree

Bachelor Degree

TC

Cement Mason / Concrete Finisher

$31,010

Interior Designer

$40,720

TC

Roofer

$31,180

Cost Estimator

$53,460

TC

Carpenter

$34,020

Surveyor

$53,680

TC

Brickmason / Blockmason

$34,190

Energy Auditor

$60,910

TC

Equipment Operator

$34,250

Landscape Architect

$65,810

TC

Security and Fire Alarm System Installer

$36,620

Architect

$68,950

TC

Plumber, Pipe Fitter and Steamfitter

$37,080

Construction Manager

$76,510

TC

Heating & Air Conditioning Mechanic

$37,720

Civil Engineer

$79,780

TC

Electrician

$38,890

Cartographer

$82,020

A

Civil Engineering Technician

$46,780

Photogrammetrist

$82,020

A

Civil or Architectural Drafter

$47,190

Energy Engineer

$91,940

A

Construction & Building Inspector

$55,629

 

 

  • T indicates training which includes apprenticeship and on-the-job training.
  • C indicates a professional or industry certificate
  • A indicates an associate degree, generally an associate in applied science or science.
  • Salaries are the median income for the job in Florida.