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Careers in Construction

What makes the construction industry different from other industries?

Jobs can't be exported. It's hard to imagine a day where the building needed in Illinois will be built in China and shipped overseas. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry has been identified as the only goods-producing sector which employment is expected to grow.


If you find yourself fascinated with the construction of bridges, skyscrapers, schools and roads, construction might be a career choice for you.

There are many career opportunities in the construction industry. These jobs can be broken down into two categories. The first category focuses on the management and professional level. These positions include managers, superintendents and construction estimators to name a few. Click here for Management and Professional level careers. Click here for a list of Midwest universities and colleges that have construction related programs.

The second category is the construction trades. These jobs include carpenters, masons, plumbers and electricians. Employees in these jobs are highly skilled in their trades and gain their education through registered apprenticeships, technical school/college programs or AAS degrees at community colleges. Click here for more information on careers in the Construction Trades. Click here for a list of local apprenticeship programs.

Watch the video, Building Tomorrow Today, to learn more about the Construction Trades.

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