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High Paying Jobs in the Construction Industry (Part 1)

There are a lot of misperceptions among young men and women about starting a career in the construction industry. Although the majority of millennials find the industry to be a last resort for a job, there are actually several lucrative positions that applicants could fill with either a brief apprenticeship or limited professional experience in their selected field.

As construction industry employers and Birmingham construction lawyers, we need to do our best to recruit young men and women into the construction industry. With labor shortages and a significant portion of the workforce set to retire in the next decade, we need to show the future generation of skilled workers the roadmap to success in the construction field.

In this three-part article, we will first focus on profitable occupations every home or business relies on for service and repair. In the second section, we will feature positions specifically for construction building sites. In the final section, we will focus on some highly skilled tradesmen positions for young professionals that want to prosper in a specialized field.

We will begin with just a few jobs we all know and rely on for our homes or businesses, but perhaps do not realize how profitable they actually are. Please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) official website to learn more about all of these important occupations within the construction industry.


Electricians are hired to install and maintain electrical power, wiring, lighting, and control systems for every type of construction project. According to BLS, there are approximately 667,000 workers in this industry currently with projected job growth of 9 percent over the next decade. With a median salary of $52,720 dollars per year, most young men and women start their career through an apprenticeship.

Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters assemble, install, and repair pipelines that carry liquids or gases. The median pay for this occupation is $51,450 per year and the job demand is rapidly growing to a projected 16 percent increase in jobs in the next ten years. This is another occupation most begin through an apprenticeship.

It is important to employ the right, competent workers to reduce your chances of needing the services of a Birmingham construction lawyer.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.