College isn’t for everyone. Today’s job market is making it difficult for college graduates to find work in their field of study, and the rising cost of education is plaguing students with debt that can take years to pay off. On the other hand, the construction industry is eager to hire young workers looking to jumpstart their careers early.
In part one of this two-part guide, the Houston construction law attorneys at Cotney Construction Law examined the availability of jobs in construction and the competitive pay offered by these positions. In part two, we will discuss opportunities for advancement, the importance of construction, and the opportunities for travel that exist in the construction industry.
The construction industry is one of the most stable cornerstones of the U.S. economy. Whether erecting the newest skyscraper in New York City or repairing our country’s worn down infrastructure, there will always be a need for construction workers. More importantly, there will always be opportunities to climb the ladder and advance your career within the construction industry.
Depending on your skills and interests, you may find yourself taking on a leadership role as a foreman or supervisor as you climb the ladder from entry-level worker to the next echelon of employment opportunities. With continued training, you can specialize and become an engineer, health and safety expert, or a trainer. Some people even spearhead their own construction firms and enter the fray as independent contractors. The possibilities are virtually endless.
Important, Wholesome Work
Working in construction also allows you to touch the lives of countless others. Building homes for people who need shelter, or offices for companies with plans to usher in the next wave of sustainability, means you have a direct hand in improving the lives of others. Crossing a bridge you helped construct on the way to a job site proves that you left a tangible impression on the world and touched the lives of countless people. In most cases, your work will be around long after you are gone. Helping bring something new and beneficial into existence is a unique feeling that construction workers experience regularly.
One of the lesser-known facts about the construction industry is that travel opportunities exist for those willing to chase large-scale projects, especially those focused around natural resources. If you’ve been looking for a way to travel the country and experience the natural splendor of the United States, a career in construction may be worth your consideration. Traveling allows you to expand your impact on the country’s infrastructure and development, and traveling workers usually earn more than their centralized counterparts.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.