Contractors oversee the construction of buildings. They plan, budget and direct the project. Contractors are responsible for scheduling and meeting deadlines. They may hire workers and arrange for other companies to work on a construction project. Contractors work with many different people on a daily basis.

Working Conditions

Contractors are available at all times for emergencies and often work more than forty hours a week.


Contractors earn between $30,000 and more than $90,000 a year.

Helpful Skills and Subjects to Study

Skills in a construction craft, such as carpentry, plumbing or masonry is very important. Leadership and communication skills are also critical. Courses in mathematics, business, science, statistics, drafting, physics, chemistry and different shop classes are helpful.

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Education & Training

Employers are looking more for people who can combine work experience in a construction craft with a bachelor's degree in construction or building science. Practical industry experience is very important.

Job Outlook

Employment should be good for qualified applicants.

Sources for Additional Information

Associated Builders and Contractors
1300 North 17th St.
Rosslyn, VA 22209

American Institute of Constructors
466 94th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33702