Career Ladder

    • Give the construction industry a chance along with other careers that might be considered.  The starting pay is competitive and a dedicated person can move up fast.
    • View construction as a career rather than a job.
    • There are a diversity of trade areas and occupations that are included in construction careers.
    • Construction is a great way to make a living if workers stick with it and hold steady to reap gains.
    • Construction has an attractive Career Ladder that is upwardly progressive if a person maintains steady unbroken employment.
    • Workers can start out being a craft helper and progress to company owner.
    • Construction rewards workers with good work ethics.
    • Benefits of construction careers include job portability and stackable credentialing through a nationally recognized construction agency.
    • Construction jobs are in demand.  In 2020, the United States will need 1.8 million additional craft workers.  18% of available jobs will be in construction and 12% in manufacturing.  Forbes: The Jobs With the Brightest Future
    • Construction needs more people in the pipeline for industry employment. The average age of a construction worker in 2013 was 47 years.
    • A person training for a construction career through the MCEF apprenticeship program for four years will incur no debt and most companies will pay tuition for craft training. Construction students who graduate apprenticeship programs can earn same amount of money as many college graduates with no debt. Students can work during the day and go to school at a community college in the evening.
    • There are several paths to careers in construction, but those serious about construction usually start at the bottom and get as much hands-on experience as possible.

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