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Career Resources — Construction

Industry Overview

The construction industry includes the assembly, maintenance and repair of buildings and other immobile structures. It is one of the largest industries in the United States. Construction is detailed and complex and deals with all aspects of building a structure including service equipment such as plumbing, heating, central air-conditioning, electrical wiring, lighting equipment, elevators and escalators. Construction projects take many forms and vary in size, composition and purpose. The main categories of construction are residential building construction, industrial construction, commercial building construction and heavy civil construction.


Vault provides in-depth intelligence on what it's really like to work in an industry, company or profession—and how to position yourself for success. You may wish to peruse the Vault Guide to Architecture Jobs, specifically the Construction and Engineering sections. What you can find on Vault:

  • Background
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  • Outlook
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  • Critical thinking
  • Complex problem solving
  • Time management
Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • This is a guide to career, training information, labor market and salaries.

Further Education

The requirements for further education depend on the career within the construction industry. Those with a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering, civil engineering or architecture may choose to go on for their masters. Those who are working as engineers are required to become licensed as Professional Engineer (PE) if they deal with and accept payment on construction projects from the public.  For more information visit the Education Portal.