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Professional Careers in the Construction Industry

Professionals in the construction industry bring such a wide variety of skills and experience to their work that it's nearly impossible to make generalizations about them. But they share a common sense of pride knowing that everything from highways to skyscrapers were built by construction professionals.

Construction firms, like all businesses, also need managers and staff in administrative areas such as finance, human resources, quality control, and sales and marketing.

Education and Training

The education and training required for these professional careers varies. While most positions call for a minimum of a bachelor's degree, some require additional licensing. There are also voluntary certifications available for certain roles that can give you a competitive edge. Since large numbers of individuals and firms are involved in any construction project, the ability to work well and communicate with others is essential. Excellent computer skills are also needed.

Tips for Students Interested in a Professional Construction Career

  • Enroll in advanced mathematics classes
  • Learn to write and speak clearly
  • Do well in other courses related to your career interests, such as art and physics for architecture, business for financial management, advanced science for engineering
  • Take advantage of elective courses such as computer science or building technology
  • Maintain good grades in all your classes to make sure you meet college entrance requirements
  • Seek information from colleges, and apply to those that offer a program in your desired career area
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Salaries in Professional Construction Careers

Construction professionals earn good salaries, and at some firms they share in profits or receive bonuses as well. Successful construction professionals often move up into top management positions at their companies. Their jobs are fast-paced and require decisiveness and the ability to handle multiple and ever-changing priorities. Are you ready for the challenge?

Cost Estimator $64,040

Architect $79,380

Civil Engineer $86,640

Construction Manager $93,370

(Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics)


  • Challenge: Tackle a new set of challenges with each new project
  • Innovation: Enjoy the excitement of seeking and developing new construction methods and technologies
  • Pride: Use your knowledge and experience to solve the difficult problems that complex projects present
  • Salary: Earn a good salary with opportunities for profit sharing and bonuses
  • Mobility: Choose to work anywhere in the U.S. and international locations with U.S. multinational firms
  • Opportunities: Move and grow in your career with large or small firms, or start your own business
  • Broad Choice of Career Areas: Architecture, Building/Code Official, Civil Engineer, Construction Manager, Cost Estimator, Electrical Engineer, Environmental Consultant, Facilities Manager, Financial Manager, Interior Designer, Landscape Architect, Mechanical Engineer, Safety Manager, Surveyor, Scheduler, Structural Engineer … and many more!