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Concrete Worker

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Be outdoors
• Be creative

…then you may just have a future as a Concrete Worker.

Concrete Workers plan and set up the space that needs concrete poured, then pour the concrete and finish it. They also repair concrete in addition to installing new concrete. Concrete workers must know how to use certain tools, work well with their team, and take initiative as they often work without much supervision.

Salary range: $25k to $60k to $80k
Education: High school or GED; apprenticeship

Drywall Contractor

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Solve problems

…then you may just have a future as a Drywall Contractor.

Drywall Contractors pick up where framing and insulation left off. Once everything that needs to go inside the walls is in, the Drywall Contractors come in. They measure, cut and install drywall that makes up the walls of a house.

Salary range: $20k to $50k to $120k
Education: High school or GED and apprenticeship

Electrician

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Do research
• Be creative
• Be indoors and outdoors
• Solve problems
• Find trends and patterns
• Perform under pressure
• Use technology

…then you may just have a future as a Electrician.

Electricians deal with electricity…shocker! Being an Electrician involves interpreting calculations, performing inspections and maintaining electrical equipment, and understanding electrical schematics.

Salary range: $30k to $80k to $115k
Education: High school or GED

Energy Engineer

If you like to…

• If you like to…
• Be around people
• Do research
• Be creative
• Solve problems
• Find trends and patterns
• Use technology

…then you may just have a future as an Energy Engineer.

Energy Engineers oversee anything and everything relating to energy while building a home. From monitoring energy consumption to conducting assessments and audits, they make sure the home meets energy standards and look for ways to reduce energy consumption.

Salary range: $50k to $78k to $93k
Education: Bachelor’s degree and often licensing

Fireplace Specialist

If you like to…

• Work as a team
• Perform physical activity
• Work outside
• Learn technical data
• Solve problems
• Embrace responsibility

…then you may just have a future as a Fireplace Specialist.

Fireplaces are one of the unique products that turns a house into a home. Fireplace specialists blend the homeowner’s vision with the best fireplace for their particular application. Customer service skills and product knowledge are important, as are having an understanding of Construction and remodeling practices.

Salary range: $50k to $64k to $93k
Education: High school or GED

Framing Carpenter

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be creative
• Be outdoors
• Problem solve
• Work under pressure
• Enjoy math

…then you may just have a future as a Framing Carpenter.

Frame Carpenters are responsible for interpreting and implementation of the architect’s/draftsman’s building plans. Frame carpenters erect the “skeleton” and are responsible for the structure of a home. They are involved in the early stages of building because they literally frame out what the house will look like.

Salary range: $25k to $72k to $150k
Education: High school or GED; 3-4 years of apprenticeship experience

Geo-technical Engineer

If you like to…

• Do research
• Be outdoors
• Find trends and patterns
• Use technology

…then you may just have a future as a Geo-technical Engineer.

specific piece of land. Geo-technical engineering utilizes the disciplines of rock and soil mechanics to investigate subsurface conditions. Geo-technical engineering evaluations also include a review of the geologic conditions. These investigations are used to design and build foundations, earth structures, and pavement sub-grades.

Salary range: $48k to $72k to $140k
Education: Bachelor’s degree and professional license & certifications

Heating and Cooling (HVAC) Technician

If you like to…

• Be around people
• Do research
• Be outdoors
• Troubleshoot and solve problems
• Work under pressure

…then you may just have a future as a Heating and Cooling (HVAC) Technician.

Heating and Cooling Technicians travel to job sites where the heating and cooling systems need to be installed or repaired. They must understand how the systems work in order to troubleshoot any issues, and be able to install the equipment properly for efficient operation.

Salary range: $30k to $75k to $100k
Education: High school or GED and apprenticeship

Heavy Machine Operator

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Be outdoors
• Problem solve
• Work under pressure
• Enjoy math

…then you may just have a future as a Heavy Machine Operator.

Heavy Machine Operators know how to use a variety of machines — from jackhammers to dump truck to bulldozers. Being a heavy machine operator is physically demanding, and the work is mostly outdoors in various weather conditions and locations.

Salary range: $28k to $60k to $80k
Education: High school or GED; apprenticeship program or post-secondary program

Insulation Contractor

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Do research
• Solve problems

…then you may just have a future as an Insulation Contractor.

Insulation Contractors make sure your house is warm during the winter and cool during the summer. They install insulation between walls in order to help save energy and keep everybody inside happy and comfortable. Insulation contractors also decide which type of insulation is best to use given the circumstances.

Salary range: $22k to $33k to $60k
Education: High school or GED

Mason

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be outdoors
• Solve problems

…then you may just have a future as a Mason.

Masons read and interpret blueprints so that they can cut and measure materials such as bricks, pavers, or stone to the appropriate size. They then install the materials, enhancing the overall aesthetics of the home.

Salary range: $36k to $47k to $63k
Education: High school or GED and apprenticeship or 1-year training program

Masonry Supplier

If you like to…

• Work with people
• Work with mathematics
• Solve problems
• Be creative
• Make cold sales calls on new clients
• Be persuasive

…then you may just have a future as a Masonry Supplier.

Masonry Suppliers read and interpret blueprints to be able to provide estimates to contractors and homeowners. In addition, they must also learn about different products from multiple brick and stone manufacturers. A successful Masonry Supplier should have the ability to interpret concepts and colors from a client and recommend products that meet their needs not only in color, but within their budget. To be successful, a Masonry Supplier must be self motivated.

Salary range: $40k to $60k to $80k+
Education: High School education with building experience; tech school or Bachelor’s Degree is advantageous

Plumber

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Be outdoors
• Solve problems
• Perform under pressure

…then you may just have a future as a Plumber.

You probably know what a Plumber is, but when it comes to building a home, installing plumbing is a little different than unclogging a toilet. Plumbers have to install all of the necessary pipes, fittings, clamps, and more to make sure everything flows smoothly and is up to code.

Salary range: $30k to $75k to $100k
Education: High school or GED and professional license

Structural Engineer

If you like to…

• Do research
• Be creative
• Solve problems
• Find trends and patterns

…then you may just have a future as a Structural Engineer.

Structural Engineers take the architect’s design and decide what the best materials (steel, concrete, etc.) are to use given information like location or weather. They essentially make sure the “bones” of the house are appropriate for the environment it is being built in order to keep it standing.

Salary range: $60k to $78k to $120k
Education: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or structural engineering and professional licensing