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.
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 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.
The 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|
|Cement Mason / Concrete Finisher (TC)||$31,010||Interior Designer||$40,720|
|Roofer (TC)||$31,180||Cost Estimator||$53,460|
|Brickmason / Blockmason (TC)||$34,190||Energy Auditor||$60,910|
|Equipment Operator (TC)||$34,250||Landscape Architect||$65,810|
|Security and Fire Alarm System Installer (TC)||$36,620||Architecture||$68,950|
|Plumber, Pipe Fitter, Steamfitter (TC)||$37,080||Construction Manager||$76,510|
|Heating and Airconditioning Mechanic (TC)||$37,720||Civil Engineer||$79,780|
|Civil Engineering Technician (A)||$46,780||Photogrammetrist||$82,020|
|Civil or Architectural Drafter (A)||$47,190||Energy Engineeer||$91,940|
|Construction and Building Inspector (A)||$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.