Do you feel like you’re being pressured into an expensive, 4-year college degree program, even though you can’t stand the thought of sitting in the classroom for another second? Don’t settle for a career that’ll leave you buried in debt and unhappy. If you’re a hands-on learner who’s ready to take on a challenge, you can build a smart career in construction by attending construction trade school.

Why Choose Construction Trade School?

You might be surprised to learn that students who choose a career in construction make comparable salaries to their college-going peers. Plus, many of the country’s fastest-growing jobs are in the construction industry.

The best part of it all—you can start building your career while earning a salary, and come out of school with little or no debt. When you factor in the cost of education, did you know that it takes doctors until their late 30’s or early 40’s to earn more than a plumber?

If you’re curious about building a smart career in construction, we’ll help you explore some of your career options.

Carpenter Journeyman: $33,000 – $69,000


Carpenters complete indoor and outdoor construction projects using wood. While some carpenters build houses from the ground up, others fine-tune their skills to build intricate  cabinets or furniture.

As a carpenter, you’ll most likely begin your career as an apprentice. You’ll learn the skills, ins and outs of the trade while working alongside journeyman and master carpenters.

As you begin to perfect your trade, you’ll graduate from your apprenticeship and become a journeyman carpenter.

Electrician: $33,000 – $81,000

Electricians can work in residential, commercial or a combination of both environments. As an electrician, you’d be responsible for installing, maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing electrical systems, including wiring, lighting and controls.

Electricians may also be responsible for updating old electrical systems and troubleshooting electrical issues with machinery or technology.

Plumber: $28,000 – $83,000

Not everyone wants to become a plumber but, everyone has a time that they needed to call on one to help repair a messy problem.

Plumbers ensure that there is clean water running in homes and businesses. They also make sure all the waste is piped away from your home safely.

Unfortunately, while there’s plenty of routine plumbing and new build work, some plumbers are often required to respond to emergencies. The upside is, that as a plumber, you can generally make more money when responding to emergencies than routine calls.

HVAC/Mechanical: $32,000 – $74,000


HVAC technicians are responsible for installing, repairing and maintaining heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

With the specialized training required to become a licensed technician, many HVAC experts also work on refrigeration equipment.

HVAC skills are handy to have as a homeowner, but professionals are very in demand right now across the country. No one likes living in uncomfortable conditions when their heating or air conditioning is on the fritz and sometimes the problem requires an expert touch to fix.

Additional Career Options

Carpenters, electricians, plumbers and HVAC technicians tend to be the most popular career options for incoming construction trade school students. However, don’t feel like you’re limited to only those options. There are many additional construction career fields that don’t require a 4-year college degree, including:

  • Masonry. Build structures using brick, stone and mortar.
  • Painting. Complete basic to advanced painting tasks for building exteriors and interiors.
  • Drywall installation. Hang and repair drywall.
  • Roofing. Build and repair roofs on residential and commercial buildings.

Advanced Career Options

There are construction careers that require additional training and experience. Many of these careers are accessible for workers with trade experience, or for students who are willing to attend additional training programs. Examples of advanced trade careers include superintendents, project managers, architects, estimators and safety coordinators.

Start Building Your Career Today

Does a career in construction sound like the smart career choice for you? Getting started is easy, and there’s no stressful, expensive application process. Explore our current opportunities or fill out a contact form, and we’ll help you get your career off the ground.