The world would not be covered in buildings, roads, playgrounds, parks, and other structures if it were not for contractors. The construction field is a broad one, but it's filled with dedicated people who work with their hands — and their minds — to better the spaces humans live in. If you're trying to choose a career path, a career in construction might be a great option. Here are some reasons construction careers can be very rewarding — probably more rewarding than you might think!
You get to see the results of your work manifest.
In many careers, you rarely, if ever, see the actual results of your work. Researchers can conduct research for years without ever making a breakthrough. Lawyers can work hard on a case only to lose. In construction, however, your results are very visual and obvious. If you spend a week building a cabinet, then it is right there in front of you, ready to be admired. This is very rewarding and helps you feel satisfied and self-confident in your job.
You get to work with your hands and your mind.
Humans seem to have an innate passion for creating things. However, most people want to be creative when working with their hands. They don't love making the same item over and over again, as they might do in a factory. In most construction jobs, the things you make are not repetitive. You get to think about them and how to best create them. For instance, you might make lots of cabinets, but each one is designed differently from the next.
There's a lot of horizontal mobility.
If you decide you do not like the current job you are doing in the construction industry, it's pretty easy to make a horizontal move and try something else. For example, if you've been building wood cabinets for years but grow tired of it, you can pretty easily learn how to make and install hardwood floors.
Jobs pay well.
Construction jobs take skill, and they can be hard on your body. As such, they pay better than you would think. You don't need a college degree to work in construction — although a degree will be helpful if you intend to move into management — and pay tends to increase as you gain knowledge and experience. What could be better?
Working in construction is not for everyone, but it is a great career option for many.