Careers in Construction

The construction industry is highly rewarding with the exciting and diverse professions available. It is one of the most important and biggest industries in the modern world.The industry is highly in demand and offers real and challenging opportunities for STEM students in the following professions and more:

  • Construction Engineer – develops solutions to enable work to be built. Involves research, design, including calculation, communication and management before and during construction.
  • Construction Planner – designs, coordinates and schedules a construction project and ensures that construction projects are budgeted accordingly and include materials and forecasting.
  • Structural Engineer – designs structures to withstand stresses and pressures imposed through environmental conditions and human use.
  • Architect – plans, designs, and oversees the construction of buildings and provides services in connection with the design and construction of buildings and the space within.
  • CAD Technician – uses software to create design plans for buildings and machinery in a wide range of industries, such as engineering, construction and manufacturing.
  • Town Planner – involved in making long and short-term decisions about the management and development of cities, towns, villages and the countryside.
  • Building Control Surveyor – makes sure that building regulations and other legislation are followed when houses, offices and other buildings are designed and constructed.
  • Construction Manager – supervises and directs operations on a construction project to make sure it is completed safely, on time and within budget.
  • Building Surveyor – provides professional advice on property and construction, which spans across residential, commercial, industrial, leisure and agriculture projects.
  • Architectural Technician – specialises in the science of architecture, building design and construction and works closely with architects and help to turn the architect’s concept into reality in the completed construction.
  • Estimator – is responsible for compiling estimates of how much it will cost to provide a client or potential client with products or services. He or she will do this by working out how much a project is likely to cost and create budgets accordingly.
  • Project Engineer – bridges the boundaries between engineering and project management, leading the technical workers who contribute to the building of structures or products.
  • Site Engineer – performs a technical, organisational and supervisory role on construction projects, setting out and determining the location for above and underground infrastructural installations involved in construction operations.
  • Quantity Surveyor – makes sure that the financial position of construction projects is accurately reported and controlled effectively.


Born to Build is an excellent website providing construction career advice for students.

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