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Ten Hot Construction Jobs for 2013

Sure, construction work has been down for a while now.  But do not be fooled. There are good jobs in construction if you know where to look.  It’s time to start thinking ahead! Check out our list of ten hot construction jobs for 2013.


1. Equipment Operator

In no particular order, the first of the hot construction jobs for 2013 is equipment operator.  On the construction site, an equipment operator is a person trained and licensed to operate the heavy equipment such as bulldozers, forklifts, backhoes, etc.  He or she works in just about any type of weather and often gets dirty, dusty, and hot.  Typically, the work is full time and may include irregular shifts, since some jobs such as road construction are done during the nighttime.  While the training and licensing process are fairly easy, this specialization means equipment operators are well paid and in high demand.

2. Crane Operator

The second of the hot construction jobs for 2013 is crane operator.  While the job is closely linked to that of equipment operator, the crane operator is often considered separate since it is more specialized than operating heavy equipment.  In order to be a crane operator, training and special certification is needed.  With the technology constantly advancing, a crane operator has to keep-up-to-date so training is on going and specialized according to whether he or she will be operating mobile, overhead, or tower cranes.

3. Electrician

Electrician comes in at number three of the hot jobs in construction.  This job requires more training and experience than some of the others.  That makes sense, because the electrician is responsible for ensuring that the electrical system he or she installs will be safe and meets all building codes.

4 & 5. Framer and Carpenter

These two positions are closely related, but with an important distinction. The task of a framer is solely to construct the frame or skeleton of the structure. While some framers are skilled at other tasks related to carpentry, others focus exclusively on rough framing.  On the other hand, some carpenters choose to do only non-framing jobs and focus more on the finishing work.

6. Painter

A construction painter is responsible for necessary prepping, sealing, sanding, patching, surfacing, and painting tasks to be done on the construction site. He or she also tapes or repairs, applies texturing material, acoustical tiles, and wallpapers to surfaces. If needed, the painter takes care of graffiti removal with soda blasting.  He or she is also responsible for operating and maintaining equipment used for painting.

7. HVAC Technician

The seventh of the hot construction jobs for 2013 is Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) technician.  Just as it sounds, the HVAC tech is responsible for installing a new system or repairing an existing one on the construction site.  Most HVAC techs receive their training at a community college or trade school. Six months to two years of experience is typically required before they are considered fully capable.

8. Plumber

On the construction site, the plumber is responsible for assembling and sealing systems of pipes. He or she may also do light welding as needed, install appliances such as water heaters, refrigerators, and dishwashers, put bathtubs and toilets in place, as well as install pumps.  Normally, plumbers receive training through a community college or trade school and then apply for a license as directed by specific states.

9. Internet & Video Installer

Internet & Video Installer is a rapidly growing construction specialty, but the person must keep up to date with this ever-changing field.  However, for anyone who enjoys the technological side of construction, this would seem a great fit.   

10. Project Manager

It seems only fitting to leave project manager for the last of the hot construction jobs for 2013. This is arguably the most important person on the construction site.  The project manager is responsible for overseeing the ins & outs of the entire job.  He or she is accountable for everything that happens from start to finish, all the while monitoring activities to ensure that things are done on schedule and according to requirements. The position typically requires a four-year degree in civil engineering and at least five years of construction experience.

Don’t listen to anyone who predicts doom and gloom for the construction industry. There are positive signs that the construction business has turned around and things are slowly beginning to improve. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be instantly easy it just means you need to get creative, get in motion and start hammering!

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