Why Have a Career in Construction?
The Construction industry represents 5.6 percent of total private sector employment in Missouri, employing over 126,000 workers in more than 15,000 businesses in 2020. Average annual wages in this industry are $64,664, higher than the state average of $54,801 for all industries.
Employment in this industry has been steadily growing, increasing 2.1 percent per year from 2015 to 2020. The Construction industry is projected to grow 6.9 percent from 2018 to 2028, adding over 8,000 new jobs over the 10- year period. In addition to new job growth, workers will also be needed to fill replacement positions as employees retire or move to employment in other industries.
Along with formal training in community colleges and technical schools, many construction occupations, such as Carpenters, Bricklayers, and Cement Masons can be mastered through paid apprenticeships. From Laborers to Engineers, there are a variety of careers in the Construction fields of Skilled Trades, Engineering, and Quality Control.
Know the Basics
Construction depends heavily on delivering solidly built structures on a deadline so the ability to plan, schedule, and follow directions while working on a team is important. Safety and quality control are also a critical part of this industry. Soft skills, such as interpersonal skills, professionalism, and dependability, are important in all industries and occupations, including Construction.
Skills needed for Success
Construction has a set of industry-wide technical competencies that represent the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in this industry. Some of the skills that may be needed for success in Construction are craftsmanship, both building and construction design, building, and installation, as well as business fundamental skills such as contracts, budgeting, and cost estimating.