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Construction Worker

General Information
Entry-level construction positions may be found throughout the year, but outdoor building and repair projects often take place during the warm weather months from March until November. Indoor construction jobs, such as electrical and plumbing, may be found all year round. Construction workers may either move from one project to another within one company, or obtain a series of short-term projects with many companies on their own.

Click on the following three types of construction jobs for more detailed information:

Construction worker

Job Availability
Jobs in construction include building and repairing in all the following areas:
Buildings (homes and businesses)
Highways, roads and streets
Bridges and tunnels
Railway systems
Public transportation systems
Water supply systems
Natural environments (parks, woodland and grassland)

Career Mobility
There are many chances for career mobility in the construction field. Many workers can advance to construction manager, where they supervise other workers on site projects. Other career options are inspector, contractor, and engineer.

Education and Training Requirements
High School

Construction jobs with stable companies require a high school diploma or the GED for entry-level employment. Some short-term construction worker jobs may not require either to gain immediate entry, but this depends upon on the company's policies and certain state laws.

A high school diploma or GED is the first education requirement needed to advance to a better-paying and more stable position in the construction industry.

Click here to learn more about high school diploma and GED programs.

Apprenticeship Training Programs
Apprenticeship training programs allow you to do two things:

  1. obtain specialized skills in the construction field of your choice and,
  2. obtain direct work experience so that you can advance in your career.

Apprentice training programs take about four to five (4-5) years to complete and are be used as "stepping stones" to the next position in your trade.

Click here for apprenticeship information in the construction trades.

Associate Degrees
Associate degrees are college degrees. They usually take two years to complete from the time you start the program. You can attend part-time, in the evenings, on weekends-and sometimes even online.

Getting an Associate degree allows you to accomplish two things:

  1. obtain an academic credential along with specialized skills so that you can
    advance in your chosen field and,
  2. allow you to transfer credits into a 4-year (Bachelor) degree program.

Click here for more information about Associate degree programs in the Construction Management at Community College of Philadelphia.

Bachelor Degrees
Click here for information on four-year colleges and universities in Philadelphia.

Drexel University-Goodwin College of Professional Studies


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