Best Jobs in the Construction Industry
A ranking of the top fourteen jobs in construction based on average salary and job availability.
While the “construction industry” may be thought of mainly as a bunch of dudes wearing hard hats and safety vests and swinging hammers at stuff, the industry itself is full of varied and diverse jobs done by people from all walks of life. But which of these jobs is the best? “Best”, of course, is a relative term. But by using factors of average salary and job availability it is possible to put together a fairly definitive ranking of the jobs in the construction industry. Here are the fourteen best construction jobs according to U.S. News and World Report:
#14 Insulation Contractor
Projected Jobs: 3,200
Median Salary: $39,930
#12 Construction Worker (Laborer)
Projected Jobs: 150,400
Median Salary: $34,530
Projected Jobs: 75,200
Median Salary: $52,590
An alternative path
Only one of the jobs listed above (Construction Manager) required more education than a high school diploma. With nationwide student loan debt on the rise and a shortage of construction workers across the country, there has perhaps never been a better time for high school graduates to skip the traditional four-year college experience in favor of a job in the construction industry. A couple of years at a technical college should be more than enough to set a hard working individual up for success in the trade of their choice.
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