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Architecture and Construction

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

Career Pathways

The construction field has three general career pathways:

  • Design (Preconstruction): Individuals who develop detailed plans for building structures, including homes, roads and bridges, such as architects.
  • Construction: Individuals who implement construction designs, building and remodeling all types of structures, such as carpenters, electricians and plumbers.
  • Maintenance and Operations: Individuals who manage the placement and management of machines and equipment, such as refrigeration mechanics.

Meta-Major: Industry, Manufacturing and Construction

Are you interested in a career 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.

Education-Career-Income Connection

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

Training, Certificate or Associate's Degree Bachelor's Degree
Roofers $39,970 Interior Designer $53,370
Cement Mason / Concrete Finisher $43,000 Surveyor $62,580
Carpenter $46,590 Cost Estimator $64,040
Security and Fire Alarm System Installer $47,190 Cartographer and Photogrammetrist $64,430
Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic $47,610 Landscape Architect $68,230
Construction Equipment Operator $47,810 Energy Auditor $70,530
Brickmason/Blockmason $50,950 Civil Engineer $86,640
Civil Engineering Technician $52,580 Construction Manager $93,370
Plumber, Pipe Fitter, Steamfitter $53,910 Energy Engineer $96,980
Civil or Architectural Drafter $54,920    
Electrician $55,190    
Construction and Building Inspector $59,700