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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
Cement Mason / Concrete Finisher  $31,010 Interior Designer $40,720
Roofers  $31,180 Cost Estimator $53,460
Carpenter  $34,020 Surveyor $53,460
Brickmason / Blockmason $34,190 Energy Auditor $60,910
Equipment Operator $34,250 Landscape Architect $65,810
Security and Fire Alarm System Installer $36,620 Architect $68,950
Plumber, Pipe Fitter, Steamfitter $37,080 Construction Manager $76,510
Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic $37,720 Civil Engineer $79,510
Electrician $38,890 Cartographer $82,020
Civil Engineering Technician $46,780 Photogrammetrist $82,020
Civil or Architectural Drafter $47,190 Energy Engineer $91,940
Construction and Building Inspector $55,629    


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