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Learn about different careers in the construction industry.

The construction industry provides countless opportunities across different education levels and interests. It is rewarding work—Minnesota construction workers' annual pay averages $61,500, and 95% of construction workers want to stay in the construction industry.

Explore the various career opportunities available in the building industry:



An architect plans, designs, and reviews the construction of buildings.


A carpenter makes and repairs wooden objects and structures.

Civil Engineer

A civil engineer deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like roads, bridges, canals, dams, and buildings.

Concrete Finisher

A concrete finisherworks with concrete by placing, finishing, protecting and repairing concrete in engineering and construction projects.

Construction Crane Operator

A construction crane operator uses a crane to transport various objects.

Construction Project Manager

A construction project manager oversees the planning, design, and construction of a project, from its beginning to its end.

Craft Laborer

A craft laborer performs general tasks on project sites, such as unloading building materials, cleaning and preparing construction areas, and assisting trades people.


An electrician specializes in electrical wiring of buildings, stationary machines, and related equipment.

HVAC Technician

An HVAC technician specializes in the installation, repair, and maintenance of HVAC systems.

Heavy Equipment Operator

A heavy equipment operator is specifically tasked with the safe and efficient operations of heavy machinery, such as loaders, dump trucks, backhoes, and graders.

Instrumentation Engineer

An instrumentation engineer assembles and installs industrial measurement and control equipment for automated electrical and pneumatic systems.


An insulator assembles and repairs insulation on industrial equipment, pipes, ductwork, and other mechanical systems


An ironworker is responsible for laying and fabricating the structural steel framework of pre-engineered metal buildings, stadiums, bridges, hospitals, towers, and single- and multi-story buildings. Ironworkers also weld and cut steel, interpret blueprints, and work with concrete reinforcing steel bars.

Landscape Designer

Landscaping is the art of making outdoor environments beautiful, thriving, and well-groomed.


A mason uses bricks, stones, and cement in building structures for all types of industrial, commercial, and residential projects.


A painter applies paint, stain, and coatings to walls, buildings, bridges, and other structures.


A pipefitter installs and fits various piping for commercial and residential use.


A plumber installs and repairs the pipes and fittings of water supply, sanitation, or heating systems.


A roofer constructs or repairs roofs.

Sheet Metal Worker

A sheet metal worker creates, installs, and repairs sheet metal products. Most commonly these products include elements of heating, cooling, and ventilation systems, although sheet metal workers also fabricate and repair products for drainage and roofing applications.

Sprinkler Fitter

A sprinkler fitter installs, repairs, maintains, and inspects various types of fire protection systems.

Site Layout / Survey Engineer

A site layout / survey engineer interprets construction plans and marks the location of proposed new structures such as roads or buildings.


A welder cuts or joins together metal pieces using manual or semi-automatic welding machines.