Top 10 Jobs in the Construction Sector


Going off of yesterday’s article on massive construction job growth, it seemed an appropriate time to let our readers know exactly what some of those top construction jobs are!  If you’re a person who enjoys creativity, working with a team, and a profession filled with excitement and variety, construction might be the field for you!

1. Cost Estimator
Cost Estimators must combine the technical and mechanical needs of a building project to create a budget – some are brought on to figure out the cost of an entire project while some are needed to do specific budgets, like planning only for electric requirements.  Must have a high knowledge of building science, math, and computer software.

2. Construction Manager
A Construction Manager is important to supervising over an entire project.  This includes making sure that the project’s timing is according to schedule, watching over workers’ safety, and keeping everyone informed of the progress.  Must have some managerial skills to make sure everything is running smoothly, analytical skills, as well as superb communication skills to keep everyone up-do date.

3. Plumber
Plumbers install, maintain, and repair a multitude of different piping.  This can range from small household appliances like showers and toilets, to much larger items like entire septic systems, and fixtures for massive commercial buildings.  They must be able to read blueprints and understand building codes, as well as adhering to strict water efficiency standards.

4. Glazier
Glaziers work to cut out, install, fasten, and seal glass needed for windows, skylights, storefronts, etc.  Again, like with plumbers, the range can vary between small houses and apartments to huge skyscrapers.  They must be able to understand the angles and functionality of the structure’s foundation and exterior to be able to fit in the glass.

5. Iron/Structural Steel Worker
Often considered one of the more dangerous careers because of the colossal heights, Steel Workers help to create the frame of a structure through installing iron or steel beams.  Must be able to work in a team in order to work together to position all the parts accordingly, as the framework is essential to being able to continue with building a project.

6. Electrician
Electricians must know the entire ins and outs of lighting systems and all electrical work and install, maintain, and repair faulty wires and fixtures when needed. Similar to some of the other skilled trades listed here, the size of the project again can vary from something smaller like street light fixtures to something entirely different such as the lighting needed for motion pictures and television.

7. Carpenter
A Carpenter is another very versatile job where you can work on many different sized projects.  They are responsible for building, maintaining, and repairing the frameworks and structures of building projects.  Must have an expansive mathematical skillset, as they need to calculate floor/wall measurements along with the correct angles to cut, shape, and assemble the framework.

8. Architect
Architects are responsible for designing new buildings or making alterations and extensions to previously existing ones.  This could also include designing of surrounding areas such as landscapes.  Architects must be able to combine functionality, safety, and economics to create a sustainable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing building that cooperates with planning laws, building regulations, and the budget.

9. Mason
There are a few different categories of Masons, depending on what materials you might be using.   But what they all have in common is to construct and polish residential and commercial building walls or decorative work.  Types of structural materials that may be used can include bricks, blocks, limestone, slate, granite, marble, stone, and glass. Must have a focus to detail, as duties will include shaping and trimming designs.

10. Land/Geomatics Surveyor
These Surveyors are primarily responsible for assessing specific land areas needed for a building project to create a basis for site plans.  They measure and collect data about the physical and manmade features found above and below ground so that people will be able to position their new projects accordingly.  Must have a good knowledge of maths, as calculating distances, directions, and angles for Architects is key.


Many of these jobs require certain schooling or a degree, but you can also find some of these skilled trades that can be learned by being an apprentice for a few years.  It really all depends on which specialization of which field you’d like to go into. If any of these jobs sound interesting, now will be a great time to further research your job choice, as the construction job market is projected to greatly increase, and the need for construction workers will only keep increasing as well!


MaryEllen Fenton Journalist


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