There are many opportunities in the construction industry. To advance or specialize, a college degree and career training are useful. Learning about structures and materials gives you an advantage that is necessary in this competitive field. An associate's degree in engineering and/or construction gives you the theoretical framework for building structures large and small. Courses cover surveying, strength of materials, and design. Some classes may focus on architectural design or interior design depending on your focus. Most classes can be taken via online education.
Construction is one of the nation's largest industries, employing over 7 million workers. Job opportunities are be plentiful, though competitive, and many in the industry work on a freelance basis. Salaries depend largely on the job, but can only be bolstered by career training and higher education.
- Expected construction job growth through 2016: 10 percent
- Expected engineering job growth through 2016: 11 percent
- Popular majors:
- Construction management
- Civil engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Industrial engineering
Bureau of Labor Statistics