Hammer Time: Here’s Why You Might Want to Consider a Construction Career

Two men stand near a balcony of a construction site.
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If you’re looking for a job right now, there’s one lucrative industry in which we can pretty much guarantee you’ll land one: construction.

Although the construction and infrastructure sector has always been a really great — and underrated — career option, now is definitely the time to consider jumping on that apprenticeship in a trade, according to a new report from Indeed.

The job search firm found that its job postings for construction are at a six-year high, while interest from potential workers is actually trending downward.

Say what?

In fact, there were more than 150,000 job openings in the construction sector as 2017 came to a close, according to the latest available data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Construction spending doesn’t seem to show any sign of slowing, either. Throw all those factors together, and you’ve got a job sector where there are tons of opportunities for high-paying careers.

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With the introduction of more machines and robotics into the trades, it’s a lot easier for all types of people to get into the industry, says Seattle-based journeyman sheet metal worker Vanessa Carman in an interview.

“It’s not for everyone, but it is for anyone,” she said.

The best way to get started is to check out the local union for the trade that interests you. Here are 12 construction jobs that are heating up right now for reference.

Your local technical school may also have apprenticeships available. The best part: You won’t be saddled with thousands in student loan debt.

Construction careers can pay more than $29 an hour, according to the BLS — as if you needed any more prodding.

So the real question is when are you going to ditch the desk for an excavator?

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder.