7 Awesome Reasons Why You Should Consider A Career In The Construction Industry

Ever stopped to consider the magnificence of our construction industry? What’s with all the amazing architectures you’ve been visiting every day – hospitals, restaurants, office buildings, commercial plazas, bridges, walkways, and thousands of other man-made wonders that make our city our true home?

So, are you considering working in the construction industry? What’s keeping you? Ask yourself, why do construction people keep doing it, even with the long hours, stress and pressure they deal with on a daily basis?

Well, they have their reasons to love this crazy industry, here are a few reasons why you should consider it too.

  1. You build the stuff people rely on. Think about it for a second. How many professionals in other industries can point at that brand-new hospital building in town and say, “I helped build that”? Whether it’s a home, a road, a school, or a sewage system, the things you build will matter to the people in your community.
  2. Your abilities make it happen. As you start working your way up the ranks, you’ll notice new ways to use both your mind and hands to get the job done. As with any other profession, construction requires you to observe and learn. In time, you’ll accomplish more work than you’d thought possible.
  3. A strong construction industry equals a strong economy. Helping a city grow as a more effective community where people thrive is a feat in itself. Construction provides people with jobs, inject both capital and new life into the community, and make the infrastructure a vital part of keeping the country prosperous.
  4. You immediately see the results of your work. At the end of every day at your work, you will see the progress that you and your team have achieved. Watching your work turn into a completed project, every day, is one of the most exciting parts of the construction industry.
  5. There’s something new every day. Forget the long and boring cubicle jobs – every construction site brings new and interesting challenges, a chance to build new stuff that will last for a lifetime. You also get to change things up with every project, and avoid job stagnation that can lead to burnout.
  6. Team collaboration is a rewarding experience. People working together is always an awesome phenomenon to behold. Collaborating with your team to overcome challenges and solve problems on the job site is one way you can put your skills to use. Strong networks can be formed on any construction projects because everyone on your team depends on each other to get the job done. Of course, some of your co-workers can drive you nuts, but at the end of the day you finish the job together. Nothing like a celebratory glass of beer can’t fix.
  7. All these awesome benefits and you get paid too! Someone rightfully said that if you love your job, you won’t have to work for a single day in your life. Heck, you can certainly do that in the construction industry.

Whether you’re a quantity surveyor or a project manager, a graduate or a foreman, a commercial manager, a contract administrator, starting a construction job in Melbourne is your fast track towards career growth and success. Start today and you’re already looking at a bright future ahead.

 

Construction Jobs 101

Construction is one of the largest industries in the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics expects the national job growth rate of 21% from 2010-2020. Not all construction jobs are about wearing a hard hat and swinging a hammer. Other occupations within the field include everything from management, finances, and planning. If physical labor isn’t your calling, don’t count the construction industry out.

Tradesmen

If you like working outdoors and putting in a full day of physical labor, becoming a tradesman may be the career choice for you. This group of trades includes everything from carpenter to welder. Some education or apprentice training may be necessary for skilled trades such as cement mason, glazier, landscaper and tiler. The pay can be quite an incentive: Elevator installers and repairers earned an average yearly salary of more than $70,000 in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Other well-paying paths include Boilermakers at $54,640, Electricians at $48,250 and Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters at $46,660. If none of these options sound right for you, consider becoming a Construction Manager.

Construction Manager

Construction Management or Construction Project Management (CPM) is aimed at “meeting a client’s requirement in order to produce a functionally and financially viable project.” CPM consists of the overall planning and coordination of a project, with control from beginning to completion. Functions of this position include quality, time and cost management as well as mathematics, public safety and human resources. This can be for any of the five types of construction: residential, commercial, heavy civil, industrial or environmental. A career in construction management necessitates secondary education such as an Associates or Bachelors’ degree, even a Masters or PhD. As with most careers, the level of education directly effects the salary earned. The median pay in 2010 was $83,860 per year according to BLS.

Cost Estimator

If you’re willing to obtain a Bachelor’s degree, becoming a cost estimator could be the right career choice for you. Cost estimators collect and analyze data in order to estimate the amount of money, time labor and/or resources required for construction projects. Estimators can specialize in a specific product or industry type. Positions as a cost estimator are expected to grow much faster than the all-job growth rate: cost estimators should grow 36% from 2010 to 2020. While cost estimators may spend the bulk of their time in an office, travel to job sites is necessary. In 2010, the median salary for cost estimators was $57,860 annually.

Even if you’re not willing to chance an asbestos related death as an asbestos-remover or don’t want to carry heavy loads to and from job sites, there could be a career in the construction industry waiting for you. These are all careers within the construction industry: boilermaker, carpenter, carpet layer, dredger, electrician, elevator mechanic, fencer, glazier, heavy equipment operator, insulation installer, ironworker, laborer, landscaper, mason, millwright, painter, pile driver, plasterer, plumber, pipefitter, sheet metal worker, steamfitter, sprinkler installer, or even a welder. With a bit of research and education you can find the career that’s just right for you.

How Technology Evolutions Are Making Our Lives More Efficient by Andrea Vollf

Until not too long ago, cellular phones were used only to place calls. Besides its outrageous price, all you could do was place a phone call and/or check messages. Nowadays, we can use our cellular phones to control our home and business simply by pressing a button and as more and more items are becoming Internet-enabled, having a strong residential network is more than a luxury. It’s essential. According to a research performed by ABI Research, by 2014 to total of connected home devices could reach a global market value of $10 billion, but what does it mean for the design and construction industry?

It means Productivity and Efficiency. From an employer perspective, having all employees connected wireless generates productivity and revenue on both B2B and B2C platforms. Large meetings that before used to take days to get scheduled due to a conflict of interest and a lot of back and forth calls between all participants are now easily arranged by using Doodle’s poll system. Instead of going back and forth trying to find time for one-on-one meetings with my clients, I now share my Doodle’s MeetMe page with them. This way, all my clients (and friends too) can easily see my availability and send me a meeting request from wherever they are. This app really makes my life easy as I no longer have to worry about double booking or any other issue.

Even though nothing replaces the face-to-face meeting, many companies are now alternating their meetings between face-to-face events and video conference calls. This way, they can cut their costs in half while increasing productivity as their employees no longer need to leave their work early to get on time at the meeting location and the need of renting a space for the meeting along with any catering service is also eliminated.

When I got my first iPad, everything changed. Instead of carrying all the weight I used to this little device became my new best friend. It was the end of having to carry an enormous handbag in order to fit a notebook, a computer, a portfolio, a calculator or two, a camera and it’s accessories, etc. Easy to carry around, tablets are now the must have all-in-one device. At the job site, this little tablet will allow you to view CAD files, schedule meetings, take notes, organize files, and even process payments. In the office, it will serve as an extension of your computer.

As technology evolves, building automation continues to grow and, nowadays, if you take the residential market as an example, almost anything electronic you can imagine inside a home can be easily integrated and controlled. With the touch of a button you can control your home’s audio and video, security system, lights, garage doors, sprinkler systems, HVAC, and appliances.From a consumer stand point, outside individual devices in the home, audio and video streaming through products like Pandora and Netflix are becoming the new standard, creating this way a steady demand for a strong and reliable network system.According to data from CEDIA’s 2012 Size and Scope survey, “having business-level networking equipment is becoming pretty standard in residential use: 37 percent of routers and 34 percent of networking switches used by home technology professionals are commercial/enterprise grade.” After so much progress, what’s next?

VK Sustainable Concepts’ Principal Andrea Vollf, LEED AP ID+C, is a registered interior designer and sustainability professional with over fifteen years of experience in the interior design and marketing industries. Recently nominated by the Daily Herald Business Ledger as one of the Influential Women in Business 2012 and with articles published across US and Canada since 2009, Ms. Vollf is an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter, with in‐depth knowledge of all aspects of Sustainability – Social, Environmental and Economic. Ms. Vollf is also one of the co-founders of NEW – Networking of Entrepreneurial Women – a networking group that is committed to supporting and promoting entrepreneurial women living and working in the Chicago suburban area. Connect with Andrea on Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.