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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 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.

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.

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
Carpenter (TC) $34,020 Surveyor $53,680
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
Electrician (TC) $38,890 Cartographer $82,020
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. 

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