Four careers to consider in the construction industry

The construction industry is a source of employment for many men. It is able to cater for a broad range of skills from the highly skilled and academic to the more physical, manual labour type gigs. But it appeals because it is about making things, there is something tangible and rewarding to being part of it and, pleasingly, as the population of the world continues to expand, so the demand for new houses, malls, school and other amenities grows. As a result, there tends to be no shortage of work for those willing to put in the hard yards or the long hours. If a job in the construction industry is something that appeals to you, here is a quick list of jobs that you might want to consider.

Management

Every industry needs management. Be it a foreman on a building site, an operations person or a union leader, there is always the need for people to lead. Leadership and management are not quite the same, but they are roles that some people are born into and which others grow into. But it is worth noting that managers carry more responsibility, are expected to know more and that in return they are paid more. If this is something that you aspire to then look to aid your cause by studying. Perhaps consider enrolling for a diploma in construction management. With this added to your CV on top of a few years of practical experience, you are sure to be on a winning trajectory.

 

Manual labour

There is nothing glamorous about this, but is you are strong and healthy and not looking for a job that requires any other qualifications, then construction is a great place to start. It is a nine to five gig with few responsibilities and the skills that you learn can be applied anywhere in the world. It might not sit well with your snobbish friends, but if you are good with your hands and can follow instructions, consider this seriously.

 

Architecture

Buildings don’t just spring up by themselves, they need to be designed and built in such a way that they are structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing. This is the job of the architect who will take the hopes and dreams of the building owner to be, commit them to paper and then pass the brief over to the people who will do the work.

 

Project Management

Any development work needs a project manager. In building this is sometimes the domain of the architect, but sometimes it is the work of a specialist project manager. The PM will ensure that things run according to schedule. That the materials that are needed at a specific time are delivered when they should be, that the specialists who are needed on site are there when they should be and that the instructions of the architect and the wishes of the owners are all aligned.

 

Quantity surveyor

The QS is the person responsible for ordering material and making sure that there is enough of everything; but at the same time that there is not too much. It is a vital role. Without a QS you could end up with spiralling costs and horrible excesses of materials. Remember it is not just the costs of ordering bricks (for example). It is the cost of transportation, storage and removal if there are too many. It can all add up very quickly.