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Do you like to build things? Are you comfortable working on a project until all the pieces fit together? If you answered yes, the Building Trades and Construction Industry Sector may hold the career for you. The four pathways provide opportunities with a variety of construction skills, directly associated with completing building projects. High school curriculum in this sector integrates academic and technical preparation and leads to hands-on, work-based instruction. Project and work-based instruction offers opportunities in work experience, community classroom, or other internship types of instruction.

Career Pathways

The Cabinetmaking and Wood Products Pathway provides learning opportunities for students considering careers in cabinet construction, millwork, and wood products, and covers the construction of both custom and production products. Planning and layout, following plans, and use of hand, power and stationary tools are all parts of the training process.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Estimators
  • Millwork
  • Furniture Making
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Rough or Finish Carpentry
  • CNC Technicians/Engineers

Typical engineering and heavy construction careers focus on the planning and construction of complex projects associated with roads, highways, and subdivisions.Creating and following specifications and blueprints, as well as complying with state and local building codes are all important elements of this career.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Surveying
  • Iron Workers
  • Welding
  • Rough Carpenters
  • Heavy Equipment Operators
  • Cement Masons
  • Mechanical and Civil Engineers/Technicians

Mechanical construction is the general term used to describe the skills associated with the plumbing, electrical, heating, cooling, ventilation, refrigeration, and piping careers. Planning, fabrication, installation, and maintenance of related facilities and equipment are all part of the career skills necessary for success in this pathway.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Heating
  • Refrigeration
  • Cooling
  • Piping Specialists

Large and small residential and commercial construction projects are the bread and butter of the construction industry. Many skilled workers with diverse specialty skills take a project from start to finish. The majority of the skill areas in this pathway are classified as individual trades.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Carpenters
  • Floor and Tile Installers
  • Glaziers
  • Insulation Workers
  • Plumbers
  • Pipefitters
  • Surveyors
  • Iron and Steel Workers
  • Roofers
  • Structural Engineers
  • Building Inspectors
  • Painters and Paperhangers
  • Brick, Block, and Stone Masons
  • Dry Wall and Ceiling Installers
  • Plaster and Stucco Specialists

Labor Market Information

The information below is just a small sample of the many great employment related resources available on the State of California website www.edd.ca.gov. We encourage you to visit the website and explore the available information.

Occupation Title Employment Levels in 2006 Projected Employment Level 2016 Projected Job Growth Percent of Job Growth 2008 Hourly ¹Mean Wage 2008 ²Weekly Mean Wage 2008 ³Monthly Mean Wage 2008 Annual Mean Wage
Brickmasons & Blockmasons
13,400 14,800 10.4% $22.52 $900.80 $3,783.36 $45,400.30
Cabinetmakers & Bench Carpenters
17,800 19,100 7.3% $15.06 $602.40 $2,530.08 $30,361.00
Carpenters
210,000 235,700 12.2% $24.67 $986.80 $4,144.56 $49,734.70
Civil Engineers
34,100 39,200 15.0% $39.91 $1,596.40 $6,704.88 $80,458.60
Construction & Building Inspectors
12,500 15,100 20.8% $31.46 $1,258.40 $5,285.28 $63,423.40
Construction Laborers
171,300 199,800 16.6% $17.80 $712.00 $2,990.40 $35,884.80
Construction Managers
47,100 55,200 17.2% $49.96 $1,998.40 $8,393.28 $100,719.00
Construction Trades Supervisors
86,300 96,600 11.9% $34.50 $1,380.00 $5,796.00 $69,552.00
Electricians
68,300 75,300 10.2% $26.42 $1,056.80 $4,438.56 $53,262.70
Engineers, All Others
29,200 31,700 8.6% $45.91 $1,836.40 $7,712.88 $92,554.60
Floor Sanders & Finishers
2,100 2,100 0.0% $19.36 $774.40 $3,252.48 $39,029.80
Furniture Finishers
4,300 4,600 7.0% $12.66 $506.40 $2,126.88 $25,522.60
Glaziers
7,500 8,300 10.7% $24.10 $964.00 $4,048.80 $48,585.60
Heating/Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Workers
19,700 22,200 12.7% $22.81 $912.40 $3,832.08 $45,985.00
Helpers, Brickmasons & Tile Setters
9,700 10,900 12.4% $15.34 $613.60 $2,577.12 $30,925.40
Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling & Wall
3,000 3,200 6.7% $19.06 $762.40 $3,202.08 $38,425.00
Painters, Construction & Maintenance
73,700 83,900 13.8% $19.51 $780.40 $3,277.68 $39,332.20
Pipelayers
6,000 6,700 11.7% $22.91 $916.40 $3,848.88 $46,186.60
Plumbers. Pipefitters, & Steamfitters
56,000 62,900 12.3% $24.68 $987.20 $4,146.24 $49,754.90
Structural Iron & Steel Workers
5,100 5,500 7.8% $24.78 $991.20 $4,163.04 $49,956.50
Surveying & Mapping Technicians
4,100 4,600 12.2% $26.51 $1,060.40 $4,453.68 $53,444.20
Surveyors
5,900 6,700 13.6% $34.83 $1,393.20 $5,851.44 $70,217.30