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The construction sector is an industry not many people tend to think about when it comes to deciding a career path. 

And it is understandable to see why. The visual of wearing hard hats and high with jackets whilst covered in dust can be extremely off-putting.  

But this notion clearly demonstrates just how much we take the construction sector for granted. Because without the construction sector, there will be no cities, no towns, no schools and no hospitals.

The work the construction sector does for society as a whole represents the fundamental building blocks for a strong community.

The sector is always on the lookout for new recruits. And believe me, there are many career opportunities out there.

The top end of the construction career ladder tends to lean towards architecture and engineering, to which you will need a university degree and a lot of people are attracted to these careers.

But not everyone has the luxury to afford a university degree, and many can’t see any other career paths apart being a labourer. But thankfully, this not true.

The aim of this blog post is to encourage you to consider a career in the construction industry and to also share the different kinds of opportunities that are available. 

And I am going to do this by telling you the top 6 reasons why you should consider working in the construction sector.

1. It Has the Happiest Workforce

According to The Fast Company, the construction sector has the happiest workforce. And one of the main factors for this is down to strong interpersonal relations between work colleagues.

For employers in this sector, creating an environment that encourages strong professional relations amongst work colleagues plays an important role in maintaining staff retention.

And the construction sector has mastered it by allowing the construction workforce to enjoy coming into work. Not only are they helping to build a community, but they’re making friends too.

Just think about it, wouldn’t you like to go to a job where you work with people that you like?

2.  Not Your Boring 9-to-5 Job

If you dread going to your office-based job on a Monday morning, then you are more likely to be a hands-on individual who enjoys being practical.

Many people who work in the construction sector have excellent fitness levels and they enjoy being active. And many of them will not like the idea of sitting at a desk staring at spreadsheets all day. They prefer getting their hands dirty.

So if you’re stuck in an office job or you want to get paid for being practical or be involved something that is incredibly rewarding, then a career in construction is for you.

And depending on the career path you take (which I’ll talk about in more detail later on in this post), you will be learning a wide range of skills.

3. Good Pay

Where I am from in the UK, contractors and employers require all their construction workers and anyone else who works on a site to have a CSCS card. CSCS stands for Construction Skills Certificate Scheme and it is a nationally recognised qualification here in the UK.

Holders of this qualification demonstrate good knowledge of health and safety on a construction site. And many employers want their on-site staff to hold this qualification to reduce the number of reported incidents. And they’re willing to offer a higher salary.

But besides the health and safety aspects, there is another reason for why there is good pay for working in the construction sector: there is a high demand for staff. There are loads of construction projects that are happening across the globe.

And in order for these projects to be completed, construction companies need the workers. And they’re willing to offer a good pay to recruit.

4. Numerous Career Paths Available

There are a lot of opportunities available in the construction sector. And once you have found an area that you would like to specialize in, then you can work your way up the career ladder.

To give you an idea of what occupations that are available, here’s a list below:

  • Bricklaying
  • Plastering
  • Carpentry/Joinery
  • Stonemasonry
  • Labourer
  • Roofer/Tiler
  • Construction Vehicle Operator

For each of these career paths, you can specialize and progress on to either supervisor, manager or even teaching.

And if you really want to go to the top of the ladder in the construction sector, and if the opportunity is available to you, then you can pursue a degree in either civil engineering or architecture and get involved in projects where you’re involved in the planning and design of various buildings.

 5. Job Satisfaction

This is perhaps the most important reason as to why you should pursue a career in the construction sector. The job satisfaction that comes from being able to build a community.

And the best thing is, once you’ve completed the building project, you can proudly say that you were involved in the construction of that building. And if the building project was a school, university or a hospital, then your work will be even more appreciated. That’s because communities thrive with the right infrastructure. 

6. You Can Easily Set up Your Business

There are many construction workers who work for themselves. And many of them began working for large contractors or construction companies.

As the construction industry emphasizes developing strong professional relations, it is very easy to network and build contacts. You can network to find suppliers or recruit workers who are willing to work for you.

And thanks to social media, and more importantly, word-of-mouth advertising, you can promote yourself to find new customers. The most important thing that you need to do is to make sure you’re doing a good job. And if people like what you do, then people will put in a good word for you.

Final Thoughts

The construction industry has more to offer than meets the eye (that is workers wearing high jackets and covered in dirt).

The sector does not provide your normal 9-to-5 routine, but it definitely provides an escape route if you’re ever feeling sick and tired of seeing those spreadsheets all day. 

Written By
Mayur Mistry is a freelance copywriter and blogger from Manchester, UK. He regularly contributes for The Learning Station, an online training provider, where he writes about careers advice, study tips and industry related content, in particularly the construction sector and health and social care.

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