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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 (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.