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There's plenty of opportunity in the construction industry in 2024 and beyond. As with any industry, there are challenges, but this is a rewarding time to be in construction. Are you ready to take the next step?

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An architectural drafter uses computer-aided drafting (CAD) software to review drawings

Architectural Drafter

Median Salary: $58,500
Jobs Available: 11,300+

If you’re a problem-solver with a creative streak, here’s an exciting career path to consider. It's one of the few construction roles that combines office work with site work.

A female carpenter uses a miter saw to cut a piece of wood in the shop


Median Salary: $44,100
Jobs Available: 102,500+

If you like working with your hands and creating things from scratch, consider this career. Carpenters are always in demand, and learning never stops.

A civil engineer technician will often visit project sites and evaluate plans to make sure they conform to design specifications and applicable codes.

Civil Engineering Technician

Median Salary: $58,700
Jobs Available: 7,000+

Here's a career for a quick thinker who would get satisfaction out of saving time, money and materials on construction projects.

A construction equipment operator will manage an excavator to clear the way for a new road

Construction Equipment Operator

Median Salary: $53,200
Jobs Available: 49,400+

These in-demand operators run the big machines — think excavators, backhoes and pile drivers — and they keep construction sites humming.

An electrician installs wiring


Median Salary: $60,600
Jobs Available: 89,100+

If you're a natural problem-solver and enjoy a challenge, consider this in-demand career. Companies are eager to find entry-level workers.

A heavy equipment mechanic inspects a broken excavator arm

Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Median Salary: $58,900
Jobs Available: 18,500+

If you aren’t afraid of a little grease and you like the idea of getting your hands on some powerful equipment, this career could be a great fit.

Female HVAC technician in a hardhat and safety gear works on a rooftop HVAC unit

HVAC Technician

Median Salary: $52,500
Jobs Available: 42,000+

If you have a knack for solving mechanical problems, this lucrative and stable career is worth a look.

A metal fabricator uses a hydraulic punching machine on a piece of metal

Metal Fabricator

Median Salary: $52,700
Jobs Available: 163,800+

These skilled workers build machines and structures from raw metal. If you like building and fixing things, this career could be for you.

A pipefitter cuts a steel pipe before installation

Pipefitter / Steamfitter

Median Salary: $54,300
Jobs Available: 58,000+

These careers are for those who love to create something out of nothing. Fitters start with a blueprint and make pipe systems a reality.

A plumber replaces a pipe fitting


Median Salary: $48,400
Jobs Available: 61,400+

This highly skilled career offers stability and a chance to solve important problems every day. Plus, no two days as a plumber will be the same!

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