The construction industry is one of the oldest in the world—and it is here to stay. There will always be jobs in construction, and the industry is steadily growing. With employment opportunities in construction on the rise, you may be interested to learn about some of the in-demand careers that you may already qualify for.

Here are 5 in-demand construction careers and their respective pay ranges:

  • Solar Photovoltaic Installer – The solar industry is one of the fastest growing (and lucrative) fields within the larger construction “umbrella”. Put simply, solar photovoltaic installers assemble and maintain solar panel systems. The career only requires a high school diploma, and it is a good option if you want to get a headstart in this growing field. As a solar photovoltaic installer, you can expect to make around $50,000 per year.

  • Construction Manager – Construction managers are tasked with many different planning responsibilities and are expected to manage a budget and supervise various construction projects. These positions usually require a bachelor’s degree, but you can expect to make around $100,000 per year in this lucrative career.

  • Electrician – Electricians are responsible for performing a variety of jobs pertaining to the installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical systems and wiring. One of the most sought-after careers in the construction industry, a job as an electrician usually requires some kind of technical degree or apprenticeship on top of a high school diploma. Most states also require electricians to be professionally licensed as well. As an electrician, you will perform all kinds of electrical work including fitting, rewiring, installing, troubleshooting, and maintaining electrical wiring systems. While a career as an electrician does require more advanced training or education than most other careers in construction, you can expect to earn a higher salary as well. On average, electricians earn upwards of $60,000 per year. 

  • Sheet Metal Workers – As a sheet metal worker, you will fabricate and install sheet metal for a variety of construction purposes. Like many other construction careers, sheet metal workers are in high demand. The work is quite physically demanding, but it only requires a high school diploma and you can expect to earn a little over $50,000 per year in this position.

  • Equipment Operators – Equipment operators are responsible for driving or operating equipment or heavy machinery used in various construction projects. Types of heavy machinery and equipment that you may be expected to operate include: Cranes, bulldozers, dump trucks, excavator trucks, track mounted front end loaders, and forklifts. Equipment operators are also usually tasked with basic operator-level maintenance and lubrication of the machinery that they operate. A career as an equipment operator requires a high school diploma and specialized training in the operation of the heavy machinery listed above. But, specific equipment may differ between each project. As an equipment operator, you can expect to earn around $50,000 per year.

For more information about the construction industry and available career opportunities, contact Redstone today!