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Best Construction Jobs of 2019 — Get Started at Dallas Community Colleges

Last updated on September 24, 2019

Interested in learning skills needed for one of the best construction jobs of 2019? We’ve got you covered! We’re breaking down the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Jobs of 2019 by industry and discussing which jobs you can get with training from Dallas Community Colleges!

1. Construction Manager

  • Role: Construction managers obtain work permits, hire contractors, troubleshoot emergencies and keep clients informed of work and progress.
  • Median Annual Wage: $93,370
  • Educational Pathway: There are various ways to enter the construction management field; however, it’s becoming increasingly important for construction managers to get a bachelor’s degree in a construction science or construction engineering program. You can get started at North Lake College in the Construction Management program.

2. Plumber

  • Role: Plumbers develop blueprints to plan where pipes and fixtures should go in a structure. They may also install and connect the piping and fixtures.
  • Median Annual Wage: $53,910
  • Educational Pathway: Most plumbers learn on the job through an apprenticeship, and some may start out by attending a technical school. Another way to get started is to get an associate degree in Construction Technology with an emphasis in an area like pipefitting or commercial plumbing.

3. Electrician

  • Role: Electricians know the ins and outs of designing lighting, installing street lights and intercom systems. They also ensure electrical work is up to code and repair electrical wiring.
  • Median Annual Wage: $55,190
  • Educational Pathway: Most electricians learn their trade through an apprenticeship program. However, an Electrical Technology associate degree or certificate program is also a great way to get started.

6. Sheet Metal Worker

  • Role: Sheet metal workers assemble or service the heating and cooling equipment in buildings. They fabricate or install products that are made from thin metal sheets, such as ducts used in heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Median Annual Wage: $48,460
  • Educational Pathway: To become a sheet metal worker, you should consider an education in either Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology or Welding, depending on the type of sheet metal work you’re interested in doing.

12. Construction Worker

  • Role: Construction workers are jack-of-all-trades personnel charged with assisting tradespeople with the labor required to finish a project.
  • Median Annual Wage: $34,810
  • Educational Pathway: A formal education isn’t technically required, but an associate degree in Construction Technology can be a great head start on the competition. While in school or on the job, many laborers find they prefer a specific trade and become specialists in areas like field engineering, HVAC, pipefitting, electrical and more.

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