Architecture and Construction

Like playing with blocks… but BIG!

Industry Overview

Careers related to designing and building structures are more likely than not attributed to the Architecture and Construction career cluster. The potential paths include those who design and plan the construction, those who actually participate in the construction, and those who maintain what has been constructed. This collection of career paths doesn't always require a college education, as many of the jobs available require only a high school education along with on-the-job training. Careers in this cluster do vary greatly, so there are a number of them that require the completion of a two or four-year college program, such as engineering.

Industry Outlook

All over the world, construction industry trends have shown a rise in its rate of growth. The construction industry contributes a huge amount to the world GDP, and it generates a huge amount of employment potential. The construction industry offers employment to around 7% of the total employed workforce around the globe.

Explore Careers in this Industry

1st Class Welder Helper - Josh

Career Overview

Welders use specialized equipment to cut or connect metal parts. Josh is an entry-level welder.

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$30,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Architect

Career Overview

Architects design commercial, industrial, institutional, residential and recreational buildings. Be sure to use the search box to find the video made by Scott!

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$45,000 /yr
$70,000 /yr
$120,000 /yr

Architect - Scott

Career Overview

Architects plan and design houses and other structures.

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$45,000 /yr
$70,000 /yr
$120,000 /yr

Cabinet makers

Career Overview

A person whose job is to build cabinets, bench, carpentry, houses, and other structures

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$24,000 /yr
$39,000 /yr
$54,000 /yr

Carpenter

Career Overview

Carpenters build and repair buildings and anything related to those structures (cabinets, stairs, windows, etc.)

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$27,000 /yr
$43,000 /yr
$79,000 /yr

Cement Mason and Concrete Finisher

Career Overview

A cement mason is a person who creates and finishes surfaces of poured concrete including driveways, floors, sidewalks, roads, and curbs.

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$26,000 /yr
$39,000 /yr
$68,000 /yr

Civil Engineer

Career Overview

Civil engineers plan, design, develop and manage projects for the construction or repair of buildings, earth structures, powerhouses, roads, airports, railways, rapid transit facilities, bridges, tunnels, canals, dams, ports and coastal installations and systems related to highway and transportation services, water distribution and sanitation. Use the search box to find videos made by Catherine, Richard, and Roger!

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$50,000 /yr
$80,000 /yr
$125,000 /yr

Civil Engineer - Catherine

Career Overview

Civil engineers design, build, and maintain construction projects including bridges, roads, tunnels, airports, and water supply and sewage treatment plants.

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$50,000 /yr
$80,000 /yr
$125,000 /yr

Civil Engineer- Project Manager - Roger

Career Overview

Civil engineers design, build, and maintain construction projects including bridges, roads, tunnels, airports, and water supply and sewage treatment plants.

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$50,000 /yr
$80,000 /yr
$125,000 /yr

Civil Engineer- Richard

Career Overview

Civil engineers design, build, and maintain construction projects including bridges, roads, tunnels, airports, and water supply and sewage treatment plants.

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$50,000 /yr
$80,000 /yr
$125,000 /yr

Construction Laborer

Career Overview

A construction laborer performs various tasks on construction sites including removing debris, moving around construction materials, digging trenches or holes, constructing scaffolding, along with many other construction-related tasks.

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$21,000 /yr
$32,000 /yr
$59,000 /yr

Construction Manager

Career Overview

Construction managers supervise every aspect of a construction project, including the planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating of the activities involved in the project.

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$45,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr
$140,000 /yr

Construction and Building Inspector

Career Overview

Construction and Building Inspectors make sure that all construction projects are built within local and federal construction guidelines (building codes). Inspectors have the power to halt construction work on a site if it does not meet these standards.

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$36,000 /yr
$59,000 /yr
$97,000 /yr

Crane and Tower Operator

Career Overview

A Crane Operator operate a crane that lifts and moves large material or machinery. These are typically found on construction and manufacturing sites. The individual also carries out the supervision of all the activities to check if they are done according to the instructions given by engineers.

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$34,000 /yr
$56,000 /yr
$84,000 /yr

Designer Draftsman - Josh

Career Overview

Drafters prepare technical drawings from designs provided by architects and engineers. Specialized software is used during this process. Be ready for on-going training on these programs!

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$33,000 /yr
$53,000 /yr
$85,000 /yr

Director of Maintenance - Dmitri

Career Overview

The Director of Maintenance of a resort manages the maintenance department and oversees the workings of all facilities. Dmitri, seen in the video, is responsible for inspecting, maintaining, and fixing all systems on the property. This includes managing a budget and all employees in the department. This is a very specialized position, so the salary range may vary widely depending on the size of the property and facilities.

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Earth Driller (Except Oil and Gas)

Career Overview

Earth drillers operate a variety of drills in order to access water and salt deposits, to obtain samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to assist with the use of explosives in mining or construction.

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$29,000 /yr
$44,000 /yr
$75,000 /yr

Electrical Power-Line Installer and Repairer

Career Overview

Electrical power line and cable workers construct, maintain and repair overhead and underground electrical power transmission and distribution systems. Make sure to use the search box to find Nick's video!

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$35,000 /yr
$60,000 /yr
$88,000 /yr

Electrician (Marine) - Gary

Career Overview

Electricians install, maintain, and fix electrical wiring, fixtures, and switches in a variety of environments. The electrician featured in this video, Gary, works on the electrical systems on ships.

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$31,000 /yr
$54,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Electrician - Josh

Career Overview

Electricians install, maintain, and fix electrical wiring, fixtures, and switches in a variety of environments.

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$31,000 /yr
$54,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Electricians

Career Overview

Electricians install, maintain, and fix electrical wiring, fixtures, and switches in a variety of environments. Make sure to use the search box to find videos of Josh and Gary to learn more about what electricians do.

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$31,000 /yr
$54,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Floor Installer - John

Career Overview

Floor installers lay wood, vinyl, tile, and stone floors.

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$22,000 /yr
$39,000 /yr
$70,000 /yr

HVAC Technician - Mike

Career Overview

HVAC technicians install, maintain, and fix heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.

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$28,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$73,000 /yr

Interior Designer

Career Overview

A person who designs and coordinates the decorative elements of the interior of a house, apartment, office, or other structural space, including color schemes, fittings, furnishings, and sometimes architectural features. They often use complex software to complete their designs.

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$24,000 /yr
$42,000 /yr
$80,000 /yr

Land Surveyor - Matthew

Career Overview

A land surveyor take measurements to determine the exact boundary of a property.

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$35,000 /yr
$62,000 /yr
$98,000 /yr

Landscape Architect

Career Overview

Landscape architecture is the design of outdoor public areas, golf courses, landmarks, and structures to achieve environmental, social-behavioral, or aesthetic outcomes. It involves the systematic investigation of existing social, ecological, and soil conditions and processes in the landscape.

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$35,000 /yr
$61,000 /yr
$100,000 /yr

Licensed Practical Nurse - Rhoda

Career Overview

Licensed practical nurse (LPN) and licensed vocational nurse (LVN) are two terms for the same position; different terms are used in different locations. LPNs and LVNs work under the supervision of registered nurses (RNs) and physicians, and they provide basic bedside care to patients.

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$32,000 /yr
$44,000 /yr
$60,000 /yr

Lineman - Nick

Career Overview

A lineman installs, maintains, and repairs electrical and telecommunication wires. The lineman featured in this video, Nick, works for a power company.

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$35,000 /yr
$60,000 /yr
$88,000 /yr

Masonry workers (brick, stone, tile)

Career Overview

Masons use stones, bricks, cinder blocks, or tiles to make floors, walls, sidewalks, or other structures. Use the search box to find the video made by John, a floor installer.

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$26,000 /yr
$41,000 /yr
$74,000 /yr

Material Man (Ship Building) - Steven

Career Overview

A material man has the responsibility of dealing with all of the incoming materials at a contruction site (in this case in a shipbuilding environment). This person receives and inspects building materials delivered to the site.

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$18,000 /yr
$25,000 /yr
$41,000 /yr

Mechanical Design Draftsman - Adam

Career Overview

Drafters prepare technical drawings from designs provided by architects and engineers. Specialized software is used during this process. Be ready for on-going training on these programs!

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$33,000 /yr
$53,000 /yr
$85,000 /yr

Pipe Fitter - Peter

Career Overview

A pipe fitter prepares pipes to be welded together using a variety of methods and couplings.

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$30,000 /yr
$50,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Pipe Welder - Danielle

Career Overview

A pipe welder is responsible for everything involved with welding pipes together (including the preparation of the pipes and fittings, along with the actual welding). The welder featured in this video works in a ship building environment.

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$30,000 /yr
$48,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Pipe Welder - Jon

Career Overview

A pipe welder is responsible for everything involved with welding pipes together (including the preparation of the pipes and fittings, along with the actual welding).

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$30,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Plumber - Luke

Career Overview

Plumbers install, maintain, and fix various piping systems (including the pipes, fixtures, and other components related to water and waste water disposal).

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$30,000 /yr
$53,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Plumber - Terry

Career Overview

Plumbers install, maintain, and fix various piping systems (including the pipes, fixtures, and other components related to water and waste water disposal).

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$37,000 /yr
$53,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Project Manager (Civil Engineering) - Ben

Career Overview

Civil engineers design, build, and maintain construction projects including bridges, roads, tunnels, airports, and water supply and sewage treatment plants.

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$50,000 /yr
$80,000 /yr
$125,000 /yr

Quality Assurance (Welding) - Nick

Career Overview

A quality assurance manager in welding engineering is responsible for monitoring the quality and productivity of the work completed by welders. Nick, as seen in the video, manages the various inspectors whose job it is to make sure welds meet up with government and customer guidelines. Safety is a very important aspect of this job.

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$30,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Real Estate Developer - Robert

Career Overview

A real estate developer designs, sells, and builds real estate developments. The developer in the video, Robert Rinke, has designed multiple resorts on Pensacola Beach, Florida. NOTE: This is a very specialized position, so the salary range may vary widely depending on the size and location of the developer's properties.

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Rock Splitter

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Rock splitters break large slabs of stone into smaller pieces while working in quarries.

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$22,000 /yr
$34,000 /yr
$49,000 /yr

Roofer

Career Overview

Roofers use various roofing materials to install, repair or replace low or steep-sloped roofs on buildings. This work requires a lot of measuring and cutting of materials, and it may require replacing joists or plywood.

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$25,000 /yr
$37,000 /yr
$64,000 /yr

Structural Engineer - Lane

Career Overview

Structural engineering is a branch of civil engineering that focuses on the planning, designing, and management of the construction of structures such as buildings, bridges, dams, and power plants.

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$54,000 /yr
$84,000 /yr
$135,000 /yr

Structural Engineer - Roger

Career Overview

Structural engineering is a branch of civil engineering that focuses on the planning, designing, and management of the construction of structures such as buildings, bridges, dams, and power plants.

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$54,000 /yr
$84,000 /yr
$135,000 /yr

Structural Metal Fabricator and Fitter

Career Overview

Metal fabricators and fitters use special machinery to fabricate, assemble, and install large pieces of steel while making buildings or other very large metal structures.

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$27,000 /yr
$42,000 /yr
$65,000 /yr

Surveyor

Career Overview

A land surveyor take measurements to determine the exact boundary of a property.

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$35,000 /yr
$62,000 /yr
$98,000 /yr

US Navy - Machinist's Mate 1st Class - Kelly

Career Overview

A machinist mate works as a maintenance technician on equipment including boilers, propulsion systems, catapults, and elevators.

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$19,000 /yr
$40,000 /yr
$120,000 /yr

Welder (Structural, Shipbuilding) - Michael

Career Overview

A structural welder generally works with metal to put together a framework for some type of structure. Mike, the welder featured in the video, works on the frame of a boat.

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$30,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Welders

Career Overview

Welders use specialized equipment to cut or connect metal parts. Use the search box to find videos of Danielle, Michael, Jon, and Nick to learn about a variety of types of welding positions.

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$30,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr