At the end of the day, if you like to step back and really see what you’ve done you may be perfect for a career in construction. Whether you are outdoors building the skyline, or inside adding the finishing touches to a project, a career in construction provides an opportunity to create, rejuvenate and develop new buildings and infrastructure.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

FIRST

Requires on-the-job training, work experience, and/or a high school diploma

Job 2016 Avg Hourly Rate
Excavation and Loading Machine, Dragline Operators $14.43
Installation, Maintenance, Repair Workers $17.13
Paving, Surfacing, Tamping Equipment Operators $14.94

NEXT

Requires 2-4 years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience

Job 2016 Avg Hourly Rate
A.C., Heating, Refrigeration Installers and Mechanics $19.52
Carpenter $16.83
Electrician $20.87
First-Line Construction Supervisor, Extracation Worker $23.72

LATER

Requires 4 or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience

Job 2016 Avg Hourly Rate
Civil Engineer $44.19
Electrical Engineer $63.07
Health and Safety Engineer (Except Mining) $35.69

TRAINING PATHWAYS

FIRST

Middle and high school career exploration or career academy programs

Training Program Institution/
School
Construction Academy Navarre High School
AC, Refrigeration & Heating Technology Electricity
Welding Technology
Locklin Tech

NEXT

Certifications, technical programs or 2-year degree programs

Training Program Institution/
School
AC, Refrigeration & Heating Technology
Electrician
Electricity
Welding Technology
Locklin Tech
Carpentry Certification
Electricity Certification
HVAC Certification
A.S. Architectural Design and Construction Technology
Pensacola State College

LATER

Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs

Training Program Institution/
School
B.S. Electrical Engineering
B.S. Engineering Technology - Building Construction
Pensacola State College

Salary information source: FL Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics, August 2016