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 (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.