Construction is one of the largest industries in the country. However, many people do not even consider the opportunities construction can offer. Unlike many other career options, construction can be very rewarding and provide a great sense of accomplishment most other careers can not match.
It’s more than a job – it’s a career. Craft skills are in-demand nationwide and careers in construction offer financial freedom through high salaries and affordable education options. Thanks to improved technology, regulations, and focus, the industry is safer than ever. A career as a craft professional is dignified and requires high skills. The industry is open and welcoming to everyone, which makes this a great career path for many people with diverse skillsets.
Build Your Future recently wrote about the 6 Benefits of a Career in Construction:
- Apprenticeship Programs – this means that as soon as you decide you want to pursue a skilled craft, you can begin working with on the job training through an apprenticeship. With this ‘earn, while you learn’ model, you can earn a paycheck while learning the core competencies of your trade.
- Abundant Job Opportunities – With seven out of every 10 jobs available in the United States requiring less than a four-year degree, the current job market is oversaturated with college graduates. By pursuing a craft career, you will be opening yourself up to more possibilities and opportunities.
- Variety of Career Paths – There are so many specialties within the construction industry. With a seemingly endless list of craft careers, there is something out there for everyone.
- Freedom – Construction happens all around us. It happens in every country, every state, and nearly every city. If you are interested in traveling, a craft career is perfect for you.
- Career Growth and Advancement – By 2031, 41% of the current workforce is expected to retire. Essentially, almost half of the workforce will need to be replaced in just over a decade.
- High Earning Potential – With such a high demand for craft professionals, companies are willing to spend more to get the skills they need. For those in the construction industry, this means they are getting paid higher salaries than ever before.
Construction is a fantastic career choice for many people, below are the top courses you should review and start learning now:
The OSHA 10-hour General Industry Safety course was developed by the United States Department of Labor to provide general industry workers, supervisors, and other personnel with an awareness of safety and health concerns. All participants will become familiar with reading and using the OSHA Standards for General Industry 29 CFR 1910. Students receive an update and review of standard safety and health principals and information that will prepare them to recognize and control a variety of hazardous conditions. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a 10-Hour OSHA card.
Developed by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide general industry workers, supervisors, and other personnel responsible for work-related activities with an awareness of health and safety concerns in the workplace. All attendees will become familiar with reading and using the OSHA 29CFR 1910 General Industry Standards. Other OSHA related regulations will also be discussed. Students will be presented with more safety-related information and OSHA Standards as compared to the 10-Hour OSHA General Industry course. The course will cover all the Subparts of the standard. Students who successfully complete this course will be issued a 30-Hour General Industry card from OSHA.
This course includes in-class lectures including PowerPoint and video and hands-on scenarios applying theory discussed to practical workplace situations. This Competent Person training is a pass/fail program incorporating both written and practical examinations and is based on the requirements of the federal regulations and local legislation that will be discussed and reinforced. Attendees will learn practical solutions to difficult fall protection problems using appropriate tools and equipment.
The 4-HR Basic Rigger training is designed to fulfill the training requirements for Basic Rigger person under the new OSHA requirement 1926.1400, as well as to provide the class attendee an overview of hazards related to rigging and in the establishment of safe and proper rigging practices. Each participant will be required to take a written exam on the applicable OSHA standards as well as a practical exam of all required signaling.
This one-hour course is designed to better inform the employee of the possible health and safety concerns unique to trenching and excavation. The content in this course is designed to comply with the intent of the applicable regulatory requirements.
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