Considering a career in construction? With ample opportunities and salaries on the rise, a chance to learn and use exciting new technology and be part of an active workforce, a career in construction sounds like the perfect choice.
Check out our top reasons why now is the perfect time to join the industry.
Positive Job Outlook
According to Job Outlook, construction is one of the top four industries set to boom in 2020.
The website reveals that construction employment is expected to grow further mostly due to the solid investment observed in infrastructure. Construction workers will also be needed to build new homes for our growing population.
There are plenty of entry-level jobs on offer for those ready to give it a go.
We are seeing a demand for specialised trade professionals, and there isn;t enough people to meet that demand. Compared to other careers, the cost of getting qualified in a trade is low while the job prospects are high—a perfect win-win situation.
Construction is also a great choice for school leavers. There are plenty of entry-level jobs on offer for those ready to give it a go.
Sense of Achievement
The overall response from those out on the worksite points to job satisfaction. Being able to build something that people depend on offers a real sense of achievement.
How many careers let you point to a brand-new building or structure and say, “I helped build that”? Whether it’s a road, a family home or a large commercial tower, the things you build make a tangible difference to your community.
When asked what she loved about working in construction, Sharon Bowen said, “The diversity of the work, and the sense of achievement when the job was completed.”
If you’re not a fan of crinkled blueprints, hammers and nails, don’t fear. The highly technical applications and devices emerging on job sites today have made construction very different from what used to be. As construction projects become more advanced, technology has made its mark and has given workers the opportunity to learn and apply new skills.
This means that construction workers will have the opportunity to work with advanced technology, such as Artificial Intelligence, BIM, Virtual Reality and Drones.
There are many opportunities for skilled workers to operate some of the most sophisticated technology available.
Every Day is Something New
Careers in construction offer diversity. Every job site brings new and exciting challenges.
Heather Walker-Broose, member of SALT said, “The challenges and the sheer joy of doing something different every day is why I love working in construction.”
At the end of every workday, you’ll be able to see the progress you and your team have made. Watching as an empty lot turns into a completed project, day by day, is one of the most rewarding parts of the job. And then, just around the corner is a new job site with new challenges.
Keep the Mind Sharp
In the past, many people presumed that construction was a simple, unstimulating job full of hard labour. In truth, though, constructing buildings and spaces for people to live, work and play in is a massive challenge with lots of scope for creativity, innovation and technical thinking. Construction also extends to various academic positions, such as civil engineering, construction engineering, and architecture.
Due to the influx of technology and career opportunities that construction offers, the workforce is evolving, and more women are choosing a career in construction. Companies are already rethinking their strategies to recruit and retain more women. Although the industry still has a way to go to create a balanced workplace, it is surely making changes for the better.
My teacher said it would be too hard for me, so I decided to do it to prove him wrong.
For many of our female tradies, being told they couldn’t do it was, in fact, a major factor for pursuing a career in construction. As they say—challenge accepted.
Teagan King told Jobsite ANZ, “My teacher said it would be too hard for me, so I decided to do it to prove him wrong.”
Ronit was told she couldn’t do it and her reply was, “challenge accepted”. Similarly, Carolyn Carocca said she was determined to show the boys “we can do it”.
To wrap up, head over to the Job Outlook site and see what you can expect to earn from different trades.