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Construction Trade Schools

The construction industry employs almost 6 million workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov) notes, and mainly entails civil engineering and building construction projects. Construction trade schools may be of interest to those interested in the building side of construction for a number of professions including carpentry, roofing and construction management.

Construction education requirements and specializations

Education requirements vary depending on individuals' intended career. For example, the BLS states that prospective construction laborers may attend a trade or vocational school or a community college. Apprenticeship programs are common for carpenters, and construction and building inspectors may need an associate degree with relevant coursework.

Available career specializations differ by construction profession. Below are potential specializations for a few construction-related professions:

Construction laborers

  • Building roads and highways
  • Building homes and businesses
  • Removing hazardous substances
  • Demolishing buildings
  • Digging mine shafts and tunnels

Carpenters

  • Residential, industrial and commercial buildings

Construction and building inspectors

  • Building
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Plan
  • Plumbing
  • Public works
  • Elevator

Depending on the type of construction work students decide to pursue, they may need to earn licensing or certification. According to the BLS, construction laborers may need certification in specialty work areas, some of which are listed below:

  • Radiological work
  • Energy auditing
  • Asbestos removal
  • Work zone safety
  • Welding

Construction Workers: Career and Salary Outlook

The BLS projects the national job growth of several construction occupations for the 2012-22 time period as follows (with May 2013 BLS national median hourly wage):

  • Brickmasons, stonemasons, blockmasons, and tile and marble setters. 43 percent, $13.59
  • Construction laborers. 24 percent, $14.64
  • Roofers. 17 percent, $17.08
  • Pipelayers. 10 percent, $17.44
  • Carpenters. 24 percent, $19.47
  • Construction and building inspectors. 12 percent, $26.18

According to the BLS, demand for construction laborers and carpenters may stem from ongoing projects to replace and repair infrastructure. While growth for various types of construction helpers can vary, population growth and construction of office buildings, power plants, schools, and factories may drive overall demand for these professionals.

As for inspectors, the BLS predicts especially strong growth in government services and in businesses that specialize in engineering, architectural and related services. Concern for public safety and construction quality can help increase demand for this occupation.

Sources:

Carpenters, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/carpenters.htm

Construction and Building Inspectors, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/construction-and-building-inspectors.htm

Construction Laborers and Helpers, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/construction-laborers-and-helpers.htm

Construction: NAICS 23, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Industries at a Glance, April 10, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag23.htm

National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm

Construction Trade Schools
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Salt Lake City: 3949 South 700 East Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Largo: 6565 Ulmerton Road Largo, FL 33771

Dayton: 555 E. Alex-Bell Road Dayton, OH 45459

Baton Rouge: 9255 Interline Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 70809

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Norfolk: 6300 Center Drive, Suite 100 Norfolk, VA 23502

FORT LAUDERDALE: 4850 W. Oakland Park Blvd. Suite 200 FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33313

Pensacola: 4081 East Olive Road Suite B Pensacola, FL 32514

Columbia: 246 Stoneridge Drive Suite 101 Columbia, SC 29210

Wayne: 201 Willowbrook Blvd. Wayne, NJ 07470

Foley: 200 East Laurel Ave Foley, AL 36535

Port Saint Lucie : 9022 South US Highway 1 Port St. Lucie Port Saint Lucie , FL 34952

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Arlington: 1901 North Ft. Myer Arlington, VA 22209

Atlanta: 2309 Parklake Drive NE Atlanta, GA 30345

Los Angeles: 3250 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90010

Calumet City: 80 River Oaks Center Calumet City, IL 60409

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Annandale: 7619 Little River Turnpike Suite 500 Annandale, VA 22003

Woodridge: 7155 Janes Ave Woodridge, IL 60517

Chicago: 1 North State Street, Suite 1000 Chicago, IL 60602

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Southfield: 21107 Lahser Rd Southfield, MI 48033

San Antonio: 6550 First Park Ten Blvd San Antonio, TX 78213

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Springfield: 3850 S. Campbell Springfield, MO 65807

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Joplin: 809 Illinois Avenue Joplin, MO 64801

Fairview Heights: 110 Commerce Lane Fairview Heights, IL 62208

Wichita: 8853 E. 37th Street North Wichita, KS 67226

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