In-Demand Skilled Trade Jobs And How To Get ‘Em (Part 4)

In-Demand Skilled Trade Jobs And How To Get ‘Em (Part 4)

Ever glance at a home or car repair bill and think to yourself, “I’m in the wrong line of work!”? If so, it’s with good reason. Skilled tradespeople who can build, repair or maintain equipment that most lay people cannot do on their own can rake in the big bucks, especially if they build their talents up enough to take the entrepreneurial small business route. What’s more is that despite the high unemployment rate, skilled workers are hard to come by and therefore always in high demand.

Construction Manager

The training:A For those interested in building a construction manager job from the ground up, start by researching construction management programs available at many two-year colleges; you can also pursue training via construction industry associations. Over 100 colleges and universities also have programs in construction engineering, construction science, and other related fields that lead to a four-year degree, if you choose to go that route. Keep this in mind: With the ever-growing complexities of building codes, safety regulations, and other practical matters, a bachelor’s degree may open up more employment opportunities.

The career path:A According to the BLS, approximately 61 percent of construction managers were self-employed as of 2008, as owners of general or specialty construction firms. Those who were salaried were employed by specialty trade contractor businesses, non-residential building construction firms, and residential building construction firms.

Licensing 411:A One way to set yourself apart is by pursuing a certification from either the American Institute of Constructors or the Construction Management Association of America. Although certification is not technically a requirement to work, it is a valuable credential indicating knowledge and experience.

Employment opportunities:A Construction managers can expect a healthy 17 percent increase in job opportunities during the 2008-2018 decade, making it a good field to enter in the next few years.

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~Dawn Krovicka