Construction Careers

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Of course construction jobs involve working with bridges, roads, schools, offices, factories, residences, and apartments, and may involve construction of new structures or perhaps additions to existing structures, as well as other improvements, repairs, and maintenance of these structures. When new construction is off, affected by various business cycles, then repair and maintenance work picks up.

One of the best ways to raise your worth in construction career is by pursuing proper licensing in a specific field, for instance roofing and such. Being properly licensed will enable you to make construction more of a career than a job.

Also, construction career can become quite lucrative if you have a specialty. Specialty trade contractors are often used by general contractors rather than using their own crews when specialized activities are needed such as electrical work, plumbing, or carpentry. As an example should a general contractor be hired to do period work such as historic building restoration work, that contractor, and his staff, are more than ready to do the ordinary construction jobs, but definitely would not be prepared to do ornate plaster rehabilitation work.

Thus if plaster restoration is needed, the general contractor will have to turn to construction employment of a plaster restoration specialist. At this point said plaster restoration specialist is also an artisan, and thus can command a higher remuneration than many in construction careers.

Of course most construction workers work a 40-hour week, however often they are called in on weekends, and nights in order for the general contractor to meet a deadline, for example. Also, unless their work involves only inside work, most construction employment stops when work is halted due to rain, snow, winds, and the like. Thus the workers will not get paid during those times.

That is one of the advantages of a specialty. Often a construction specialist will be hired at a flat rate, enabling the specialist to choose when the work will be accomplished as provided and outlined in the employment contract, as in the case of our plaster restoration specialist.

Depending on the actual work being done, construction work may entail dangerous equipment and tools, or working in tremendous heights, as steel workers do. Bad weather often shuts down construction but general inclement weather does not, and thus some construction workers will need to work regardless of the weather.

Gone are the days when construction people, such as construction managers, named their boats ''The Job Site'' so that secretaries could say that they were on the job site and thus unable to be reached by phone, as today’s electronic marvels can reach anyone at any time. Thus, a lot of construction jobs have changed. General contractors are now available almost 24 hours a day, as are many specialists due to emergencies, and the like.

In conclusion you may make a more rewarding career in construction if you aim for a licensed career, or a highly specialized construction career. Recapping for you, keep in mind that construction employment is easier to keep if you are in repairs and maintenance. Remember too, that you may have to begin at the very bottom, even if you are trying to receive a general contractor’s license, as many states require not only a passing grade on the state administered exams, but many require specific ''on site'' experience as well.
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