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.
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.
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.
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