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 Average Hourly Rate*
Paving, Surfacing, Tamping Equipment Operators $14.92
Installation, Maintenance, Repair Workers $16.84
Excavation and Loading Machine, Dragline Operators $18.97

NEXT

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

Job 2017 Avg Hourly Rate
Carpenter $17.63
A.C., Heating, Refrigeration Installers and Mechanics $19.18
Electrician $20.12
First-Line Construction Supervisor, Extracation Worker $23.82

LATER

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

Job 2017 Avg Hourly Rate
Health and Safety Engineer (Except Mining) $36.22
Civil Engineer $42.80
Electrical Engineer $43.48

TRAINING PATHWAYS

FIRST

Middle and high school career exploration or career academy programs

Training Program Institution/
School
Building Construction Academy Jay High School
Construction Academy Navarre High School
Engineering Academy Navarre High School
AC, Refrigeration & Heating Technology Locklin Technical College
Electricity Locklin Technical College
Welding Technology Locklin Technical College

NEXT

Certifications, technical programs or 2-year degree programs

Training Program Institution/
School
A.S. Architectural Design and Construction Technology Pensacola State College
Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Technology 1 Locklin Technical College
Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Technology 2 Locklin Technical College
Apprenticeship - Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Technology Locklin Technical College
Automotive Service Technology 1 Locklin Technical College
Automotive Service Technology 2 Pensacola State College
Carpentry Certification Pensacola State College
Electrician Locklin Technical College
Electricity Locklin Technical College
Electricity Certification Pensacola State College
HVAC Certification Pensacola State College
Maintenance & Light Repair Locklin Technical College
Welding Technology Locklin Technical College

LATER

Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs

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

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