A New Approach to Construction Industry Jobs

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The American construction industry is a dynamic and vibrant segment of the overall economy, responsible for nearly 7% of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP), directly employing over 5 million people and providing millions of additional support jobs in associated fields. This is due to the fact that for every penny spent on direct construction, another two are spent on indirect expenditures.

The construction industry is a vital catalyst in the American economic engine. The US Census Bureau defines the construction industry as “the economic sector comprising establishments primarily engaged in the construction of buildings and other structures, heavy construction (other than buildings), additions, alterations, reconstruction, installation, maintenance, and repairs.”

The construction industry is truly vast and diverse. Just look around — from residential structures to superhighways, you see the results of this pulsating industry. Starting with our basic need for shelter, we first built primitive huts. But as our needs expanded, so did our constructing capabilities. We eventually built the Great Pyramids and political capitals bustling with activity. Thus, though the means and the methods have changed over the millennia, the construction industry still serves its primary purpose of building communities that serve people.

Construction is big business worldwide, totaling more than $4 trillion in sales annually, with no slowdown in sight. Its four primary sectors are residential, commercial, heavy civil, and industrial construction. Residential construction is the largest contributor to total construction activity.

Construction industry jobs include elemental vocations such as carpentry, plumbing, and welding as well as more sophisticated project management and architecture jobs. The building industry gives rise and impetus to the steel industry, the timber industry, the carpet and furniture industry, the paint industry, the cement industry, the paving industry, and so on.

Construction industry jobs also cover a varied range of practical and professional skills. These skills are typically subdivided between design and production.

Design usually commences prior to the selection of a contractor and therefore without consultation. Designing skills encompass the functions of engineering, architecture, and surveying. These skills are often replicated on the production side, and furthermore, there is a need for additional functions such as planning, estimating, and a broad range of management skills.


The construction industry has long been a major driver of the economies of the world’s industrialized nations. But as construction processes become increasingly complex, the challenges associated with the management of construction projects become more intricate. The need for qualified construction workers and managers is tremendous, and there are plenty of opportunities for those interested in entering the industry.
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