October is Careers in Construction Month

A 9-5 office job isn’t for everyone, so whether you’re a high school student trying to figure out your post-graduation plans or someone just looking for a career change, consider looking into the construction industry!

Benefits of Choosing a Construction Career

  • Attending a four-year college can lead to tens of thousands of dollars in debt if you have to take out student loans. Apprenticeships, on the other hand, will put money in your pocket while training you for your construction career.
  • Construction workers are in high-demand! The construction industry remains busy, so there will be no shortage of work for you!
  • The average construction worker’s salary is higher than the national U.S. salary average. You may also be eligible for some great benefits!
  • Gain a sense of pride by helping to build the world around you and showing it off to friends and family.
  • Variety! Each day may bring a different task at a different job site. 
  • Within the construction field, there are many different paths you can take, such as…
    1. Carpentry
    2. Heavy equipment operation
    3. Drywall
    4. Painting
    5. Flooring/Tile
    6. Plumbing
    7. Electrical
    8. Roofing
    9. Siding/Gutters
    10. HVAC 
    11. Framing
    12. General contracting

Getting Started

Start with identifying a trade or two that you’re interested in. You’ll want to choose one that will suit your lifestyle, skills, and interests.

If you’re unsure where to start, ask around! Maybe you have friends or family who work in the construction industry, and if not, they probably know people who do! Utilize these people to ask questions, or perhaps they’d be open to you shadowing them on the job. This is a great way to see first-hand what your future day-to-day might look like. 


Most apprenticeships or entry-level jobs will require you to have your high school diploma or GED, as well as a driver’s license. Other than that, there will typically be no experience required! They will provide the training you need.

Endless Opportunities

Whether you’re new to the job force or are looking for a career change, the construction industry has a place for you. It’s a rewarding career path that can offer great pay, benefits, and endless opportunities for you. So if you’re ready to get to work building the world around you, Careers in Construction Month is a great time to get started!