There are many different jobs available in the construction industry. Some are entry-level and require on-the-job training while others demand more experience and even a degree. Construction is considered a recession-proof career choice because there will always be demand for building and other construction projects. Construction is often considered a low-paying field, but it isn’t. Many pay high salaries. If you’re seeking a well-paid position, consider one of the top paying careers in construction.
Construction Manager. The average salary is between $84-$94,000 a year though managers in New York usually average $135,000. This job type requires a BS in construction science, building science, or a related field; however, with relevant experience, some construction managers only have associates. You’re responsible for planning and budgeting projects, leading a team, troubleshooting, and more.
Cost Estimator. Not every construction worker partakes in hard labor. A majority of a cost estimator’s time is spent in a clean, safe office away from the hard hats. Cost estimators deal with budgeting (large and small), use estimator software, and are familiar with computers. On average, their wage is $63,000 and most have a bachelor’s degree.
Electrician. Becoming a Journeyman or Master is a long process. After a GED or HS diploma, electricians undergo a 4- 5-year internship learning their trade. In most states, you must pass a licensing exam, particularly if you’re an independent electrician or contractor. The median salary is $53,000.
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