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.
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.
Many construction jobs do not require a degree but most require some technical training.
|Training, Certificate or Associate's Degree||Bachelor's Degree|
|Cement Mason / Concrete Finisher||$43,000||Surveyor||$62,580|
|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|
|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|
|Construction and Building Inspector||$59,700|