Why a career in construction?
Because it's interesting, challenging and rewarding! National annual expenditures in construction top $500 billion, and construction and related activities generate 20 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). With an AAS degree in Construction Technology from SFCC you will have the knowledge and skills to start a career in America’s largest economic sector.
What types of skills do I need?
Knowledge and skills in science, business and management, construction materials and methods, codes and regulations are a must. Today’s contractors also need to know how to use computers to work with building plans, develop estimates, manage costs and set schedules.
You should enjoy people, and believe in a team approach to problem solving. Add to those skills a positive, can-do attitude and a professional approach.
Where could I work?
Careers are available in a variety of areas that deal with: general contractors, architects, civil engineers, subcontractors, construction management firms, materials suppliers and government agencies. Jobs are varied, and work environments range from permanent offices to job site offices where you would be involved in the day-to-day construction of a project, using both theory and hands-on experience. There are hundreds of job types, including insurance adjusting, construction safety, construction equipment leasing and building materials sales that are related to construction technology.
What about job outlook and salaries?
State and federal agencies project substantial shortages in people qualified to manage construction projects over the next 10 years. Careeronestop.com, a site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and several construction industry organizations, predicts the U.S. will need 123,000 new construction project managers over the next eight years. The projected job growth for this category is 10 to 20 percent per year. Some of the most sought-after college graduates are construction management graduates. Nationwide, many two-year graduates annually earn between $30,000 and $40,000.
For more information about required courses, click Advising Worksheet. This program requires students to have certain essential qualifications in order to be admitted and retained in the program. Click Essential Skills to view program specific qualifications.
The SFCC Construction Technology degree is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education
(ACCE). To learn more, visit www.acce-hq.org
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