Construction Career Map presented by springfield contractors
Map Your Future
PICK A PATH OR PICK A DESTINATION
Whether you know where you’re going or you know how you want to get there, we can help you explore your options with our new Construction Career Mapper. Tap or click one of the pulsing hotspots on our career pathway and we’ll whisk you away to where you want to explore. (Parents & counselors, we have more information for you here.)
Start Your Own Journey While You're in High School
Ready to get a head start or try out career options before you graduate? Local programs like Build U, Build My Future, and the ACE Mentorship Program give you an inside look at the industry. Classes are available at many schools or through partnering community colleges/VoTech schools to jump ahead on building skills. Vocational and Hands on Tech classes are available NOW! See your High School counselor for details or look here for local opportunities.
Have you wondered which construction craft matches your personality? We’ve got a quiz to help you out. Just click or tap “Take a Detour.” (Don’t worry, it will open in a new window and you can come right back.) If you want more information about how much money you can make, follow this link.
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Entry Level Jobs immediate payoffs
learn while you earn
Apprenticeships Combine Classroom & workplace experience
If you’d like to combine hands-on experience with classroom-style learning – all while getting paid – consider an apprenticeship program. The more you work, the more you learn, the more you earn. There are union and non-union apprenticeship programs in the area, so you can find the one that fits you best.
Trade school or
Community College 6 months - 2 years
Trade schools offer certificate and associate degree programs, depending on the trade you want to enter. These programs provide state-of-the-art, hands-on learning environments. Many area high schools offer A+ programs, which can pay for your classes at a local community college.
in the classroom
University Degree 4-5 years
skilled work. solid income.
Craft Professional freedom and pride in your work
Crew Leader / Foreman Supervise Craft Professionals
You now have solid experience as a craft professional and have completed leadership training through your company, local college or a leadership academy. You have learned communication skills and effective planning and scheduling. You are in a supervisory role where you’re in charge of a crew of craft professionals. It is your job to make sure that work is completed correctly and on time. You are responsible for the safety and work of those under you. You may choose to stay at this level or take safety, supervisory or management training to move into a safety manager, project manager, or superintendent position.
Run the job site
Superintendent oversee every aspect of a project
A knack for management
project manager Estimator, engineer, or architect
Senior Management run your own division
By this point, you have managed crews, sites, projects and more. You will now use all of your experience at the corporate level. Many companies have vice presidents that run a variety of divisions: quality control, estimating, safety, human resources and overall management.
Understanding the process that projects go through and all of the working parts that it takes to complete projects successfully is vitally important. Your expertise will now be considered when decisions are made for the overall company.