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Job Outlook Improving For Construction Industry

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Construction & Renovation, Facility Management, FacilityBlog, Featured Post, FM Alert, Professional Development, Topics

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Published on July 17, 2013 with No Comments

Posted by Heidi Schwartz

Gradual improvement throughout 2012 and into 2013 offers construction job seekers some relief, according to a new report by Commercial construction has improved over the past year with indicators pointing to continued growth.

“Newly created jobs in the construction industry provide opportunities for candidates with a diverse range of qualifications and skill sets,” says Tony Lee, publisher, “A construction manager/site superintendent is one such career, and one of the most lucrative in the sector with a median annual salary of $82,790.”

The construction manager/site superintendent oversees the day-to-day operations on-site, which is also important to the overall profitability of a project. Particularly skilled candidates for this job need to make sure projects “avoid hiccups” to prevent further cuts into those profit margins.

In recent years, construction workers with specialized trade skills have been the most in-demand amid the industry’s tumultuous times, Department of Labor statistics show. BLS projections suggest most specialty trade careers will grow over the national average in the next seven to 10 years. That means 20% to 25% more opportunities for carpenters, electricians, and plumbers. Contributing to the growth of these fields are the options they offer. Some skilled workers are independent contractors with whom construction companies employ on an individual basis. Other companies choose to staff their own, full-time skilled trade workers.

Not all construction jobs entail long hours on-site. Drafters, for example, conceptualize projects in an office environment.

Candidates entering into the sector should to consider international opportunities. Spending a year or two abroad gives workers “a different perspective,” which stands out both on a resume and in interviews. Australia, China, and New Zealand are three nations where construction industries have remained strong during global economic turbulence.’s best construction jobs for 2013 and their median annual salary:

Architect $73,090
Brickmason $46,440
Carpenter $39,940
Civil Engineer  $79,340
Construction Equipment Operator  $41,870
Construction Manager $82,790
Cost Estimator $58,860
Drafter  $47,870
Electrician $49,840
Industrial Engineer $78,860
Landscape Architect $64,180
Plumber  $49,140
Project Manager   $77,890
Urban and Regional Planner $65,230


About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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