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Construction Jobs are Still a Great
Many a working man
has used construction jobs to get a leg up. While there are
stereotypes suggesting that construction labour is unskilled work,
the truth is that entry positions are readily available and actually
pay more than most comparable work in other fields. Also, with a bit
of training and experience, you can expect to receive regular pay
increases and a lot of opportunity. After all, even in hard times,
people need a place to live and do their business, so it's a trade
that will be around for a long time.
Many people who enter the workforce out of high school are very
limited in the jobs that they qualify for. Not only is the pay low
at a place like a fast food restaurant, but the opportunity to move
up in the company is limited without some sort of degree. However,
there are many construction jobs that offer the chance to get ahead.
Most entry level construction jobs don't require any extra
schooling. If you can work hard, follow directions and have an
average level of common sense, you should do just fine. Some of the
most common entry level jobs include framing, roofing, siding and
other labor positions. Construction jobs can require notoriously
long hours and crews are often not offered overtime pay. However,
they can also be extremely flexible. It's not at all uncommon to
rotate crews through a specific job site, with each working three
long days and having three days off in between. This can be a real
plus, allowing you down time or the chance to go to school or even
work another job.
In addition to the entry level positions, there is a lot of
construction jobs that pay much more. Any trade that requires
skilled labor and extra training is a good bet. Some of these jobs
include the electrician, concrete finisher and plumber. Some of
these trades actually require trade licensing, while others only
need experience. For example, much of the knowledge that it takes to
pour concrete is acquired on the job while electricians need to
attend a trade school or training program before they are qualified.
The pay for these skilled construction jobs can be significantly
higher. Dedicated contractors often make as much as those who work
in a white collar profession. It's also possible to own your own
business, create your own hours and be your own boss.
With so many options available, it's not hard to see why
construction jobs are so popular. Unlike other jobs, you are almost
always judged on your merit and work ethic. It's also fairly simple
to move up in the company, get specialized training or even start
your own construction company.