3 Construction Myths Debunked
The construction industry has seen some difficult times since the economic recession. Since
then, however, it has recovered and grown. Analysts and those in the industry expect great
things in the next decade.
However, given the recent hardships, some misconceptions and myths have arisen about the
industry and its future. The following are three common beliefs about the construction industry
and construction jobs and the reasons they are not true.
Low Wages and Salaries
Perhaps a prevalent notion for those outside the construction world is that construction workers,
regardless of position, do not earn high wages. Some believe that construction workers will
always make very little and have no opportunity to earn more.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many fields in the construction industry pay quite
handsomely. Construction project managers made on average $90,000 a year back in 2012,
with electricians, operating engineers and other construction equipment operators earning on
average $48,000 - $52,000 annually. Construction jobs can pay very well with earning potential
increasing with more experience and education. Visit the Bureau’s website for more information.
There’s No Need to Go to School to Work in Construction
It is true that laborers do not need a college degree in order to work on a construction project.
Many learn the trade on the job right after high school. However, the spread of trade schools as
well as the advancement of technology and online education means individuals looking for
construction jobs should continue their education to gain a competitive edge on their
Online education sites like Lynda.com and KhanAcademy.com offer self-paced lessons for
individuals looking to add abilities to their resume or construction companies that want to help
their employees learn new software and skills. Classes include Microsoft Office and basic office
skills, social media for businesses, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Computer-Aided
Designs (CAD). Advanced education may not be required in the construction industry, but it will
certainly value to any individual or company portfolio.
There’s No Future
With the recent economic downturn and the widespread layoffs that occurred across the nation,
many have said that this marks the end for construction as a stable and long-lasting career. A
construction job would be the last resort option, not a viable career path.
This, of course, is not true. There are many different ways to advance in the construction
industry and have a successful career. For example, a construction project manager could
eventually become an executive or a high-ranking manager within a large firm based on their
experience and skill. Construction laborers can advance to become superintendents or project
managers furthering their career as well. Construction accountants and cost estimators,
architects and engineers will also grow in the years ahead. The Bureau of Labor Statistics
predicts that many of the occupations in construction will grow in the coming years, some
significantly more than others. Those interested in a specific position should take a look at the
website to examine the projected outlook.
Once the myths are debunked, it becomes obvious how strong the construction industry has
become. The field is growing all across the world, and the need for construction workers is on
the rise. There is certainly a future for construction workers, and that future looks bright.
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