Should You Consider Construction Work as a Career?

The answer to the question, “Should you consider construction work as a career?” is a resounding, YES! I am very enthusiastic about this career choice, especially for young people, but for anyone looking for a new start. The demand is incredible right now and the starting wages are going up. Here are some examples of what I am talking about. Two years ago I was coaching a young man in high school about where he could find work. I suggested that he put his home remodeling experience that he gained with his dad on his resume. I then encouraged him to search for plumbing, electrical and construction companies in town and walk up to them and ask for work. The first owner he talked to hired him on the spot.

Here is a more recent example. I met a small construction company owner from Southeastern South Dakota. I asked him what he did for a living and how business was. The first thing he said was that business is great, but it is hard to find employees. His next step was to start recruiting at the local High School and he told me he would start his new employees at $13 to $15 dollars an hour. For a small rural community to have this much opportunity, do you think your chances could be even better in a large town?

My uncle in Northern Minnesota has been running a Drywall hanging company for his entire career. He has built a successful business in a very rural community. Today nearly all his crew members are over 50 years old and a couple of them are over 60. He is constantly looking for younger team members to train. He would even love to talk to someone who would be interested in taking over a company with a great name and reputation. How is that for a great opportunity!?

Yes, construction work is hard and is often less than comfortable. You work outside in the elements and the climate is rarely controlled. You will get callouses on your hands and you will be tired at the end of the day. But, to many people, those are wonderful things. People who work in office environments are ALWAYS trying to get outside. They get tired of the same four walls each day, and they definitely don’t enjoy constantly sitting. Office workers have to take time after work to exercise to maintain physical fitness, when you are able to do this as a part of your daily work. It can be boring looking at the same work environment that never seems to change. For a construction worker, every few weeks you are in a new location, a new challenge and you can visibly see what you accomplished at the end of the day.

Here are some additional benefits you should consider:

  • Construction Work Takes Many Different Forms. From rough construction of homes and buildings, to agricultural buildings, to masonry or drywall, plumbing, electrical, landscape and concrete, the choices are almost endless.
  • There is Room for All Skill Levels. If you are a beginner and a fast learner, you can start and advance right away. Most advertisements say that they will train the right person. The things that most employers look for is a surprisingly basic list. If you want to specialize there are opportunities to provide services that few other people do, like certain types of landscaping or decorative masonry. Much of this work begins to take on an art form and can be in huge demand with great payouts depending on your specialty. If you have an artistic personality, construction can allow this part of you to come to life in your work.
  • The Speed of Your Advancement is Up to You. I have talked to very young supervisors and I am often amazed at the age of some very successful people, not only in the construction trades but anywhere. When there is a huge demand like there is in construction, there are constantly opportunities for you to take on more responsibility and this often brings bigger rewards.
  • It’s a Perfect Opportunity for Entrepreneurs. Like the example I gave above, there are opportunities like this all over the country. You need to get experience doing the work and learning the trade, but if you truly desire to own and run a company, this may be the quickest, cheapest and perhaps most satisfying way to have your very own business. As construction company owners are aging, many of them want a way out that will allow them to retire, or at least back away from their business. This could be a great transition opportunity for you.

So should you consider construction work as a career? Again, I say YES. For those of you in high school or college, you need to give this some immediate thought. Summer is quickly approaching and you could be making the best money of your life. If you have a construction career story to share, I would love to hear it. Leave your comments below. I would love to connect with you. If you have questions, please ask them in the comments as well. I would be honored if you subscribed to this page, followed me on Twitter and liked my site on Facebook. You can find me at facebook.com/WorkYouCanLove. Thanks for reading!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!