Construction is a career path that many people don't realize they have the opportunity to pursue. The industry is always on the lookout for hardworking and talented professionals who are looking for an exciting, fast-paced, challenging job with great pay and benefits. Here are the top five construction careers you probably did not know you could get started in with no experience.
1) Construction Laborer
A construction laborer is only required to have a high school diploma. They are responsible for moving, installing and removing material during the building process. Laborers might also be tasked with loading and unloading trucks at an offsite location or working at a site directly constructing foundations (e.g., trenches). This position does not require any prior experience. You could get started with nothing more than a construction laborer training course or you can learn the basic knowledge required on the job.
The average starting for a construction laborer is $32,455 per year.
2) Carpenters and Joiners
Carpenters and joiners are responsible for constructing wooden structures. These positions require carpentry skills, as well as a high school diploma (or equivalent), in order to be successful at the job. Carpenters and Joiners will need to have completed apprenticeship programs or work experience before they can start working independently on building sites. Many companies will pay for the apprenticeship program and provide continuing education courses.
The average starting salary for a carpenter or joiner is $40,901 per year.
3) Bricklayers, Stonemasons, and Tile Setters
Masons are responsible for constructing buildings and other structures from brick, stone, concrete block, or tile. Bricklayers, Stonemasons, and Tile Setters need to have completed apprenticeship programs or work experience before they can start working independently on building sites. Try to find apprenticeship programs that are in your area by contacting local bricklayers or by searching the internet for apprenticeship programs in your area.
The average salary for a bricklayer, stonemason, or tile setter can range from $27,460 all the way up to $67,000 per year!
4) Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Tapers
Painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and tapers are all in the same trade and are responsible for painting or paperhanging an interior space. You need be 18 years of age to work on projects independently. Getting started does not have to be difficult. Some options for those looking to get their foot in the door include completing an apprenticeship program or working as a helper for a company.
Painters, paperhangers, plasterers and tapers make between $25,000 to $35,000 per year on average.
5) Drywall Installer/Hangster
The drywall installer/hanger is responsible for installing and hanging sheets of drywall on ceilings, walls, and floors.
Becoming a drywall installer/hanger does not have to be difficult. Some options include completing an apprenticeship program or working as a helper with the company you want to get hired by before trying out for work independently.
Drywall installers make between $39,000-$58,000 annually on average while those who hang sheetrock can do well at over $65K per year!
If you are a hardworking, talented individual who is looking for an exciting new career with great pay and benefits, construction may be the perfect fit. Whether you're just starting out in your professional life or have years of experience under your belt- there's plenty to do in this fast-paced industry that can offer something unique and rewarding.
The top five construction careers we've mentioned here should give you some good ideas if this sounds like it might be up your alley.
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