With over 150 roles in the Construction industry finding the right role for you can seem quite daunting at first.
But there’s no need to worry, there are plenty of amazing resources available online to get a better feel for what you might like to do.
Go Construct is a fantastic first point of call for anyone wanting to start their career in the industry. Their website is a one-stop shop for finding a rewarding and fulfilling new career in construction. Whoever you are and whatever your level of industry background there is a role for you.
With over 150 roles in the sector no role is the same. If you’re creative you might enjoy being an architect or interior designer, whilst you might make a great surveyor or estimator if you’re good with numbers. Are you good at organising things and thinking strategically? Maybe site management or planning is for you. By working closely with various community groups and educational organisations community managers ensure that construction projects leave behind much more than just a building. It is environmental managers‘ responsibility to minimise the environmental impact of any development and health and safety managers ensure that everyone goes home safely at night.
Why not watch Go Construct‘s video profiles on different roles in the industry where real people tell you how they got into their job and what they enjoy most about it?
An administrator’s role is to deliver the practical and/or clerical support necessary to ensure the smooth running of general business operations or specific tasks and projects.
Architects have the challenging and extremely satisfying job of bringing whole new buildings into the world and saving, restoring or changing the ones we already have.
Architectural Technicians specialise in the application of technology in architecture, an integral supporting role on the design team providing professional technical guidance.
Bid managers/writers are responsible for preparing and writing the detailed commercial documents that companies have to submit to win new contracts.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) describes the process of designing and delivering a building collaboratively using a coherent system of 3D computer models.
Bricklayers lay bricks, pre-cut stone, concrete blocks and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures.
Business development managers are responsible for driving business growth by developing contacts, identifying market opportunities and increasing sales.
Carpenters and joiners make and install wooden fixtures and fittings as part of construction projects. They may be involved in new builds or in renovation and alteration of existing buildings and structures.
Civil engineers have the important role of planning, designing and managing construction projects.
Commercial managers are responsible for the budget and keep on top of all the costs involved in large-scale construction projects.
Construction managers are responsible for the practical side of managing and planning every stage of the building process.
Crane Operators operate a variety of machines to lift and move materials, equipment or products, safely and efficiently.
Demolition operatives dismantle old and derelict structures or buildings.
Design Managers coordinate the design work involved across the entire construction process.
Document Controllers manage and ensure the accurate flow of information through an organisation.
Ecologists study the animals and plants that inhabit a particular environment, and report on the likely impact of any proposed construction works.
Electrical engineers design, develop, control and maintain the electrical systems and components of buildings, rail networks and power distribution networks.
Electricians install, inspect and test electrical equipment, making sure everything in a building works properly and safely.
Environment Advisors ensure that construction projects comply with environmental regulations and targets.
Estimators calculate how much it costs to supply products or services to a client before building works can start.
From new builds to complex, multiple sites, gas service installers work on a variety of projects, installing gas services.
Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) professionals assist in the development, implementation, monitoring and review of policies and procedures.
Heritage consultants provide expert guidance and formulate strategies to manage the heritage issues on construction sites.
Higher education (HE) lecturers teach the next generation of construction professionals in universities and colleges.
Human Resources personnel develop and implement policies relating to the working practices of the organisation they are in.
Hydrographic surveyors measure and map the world’s underwater surfaces and study the construction of the seabed.
IT support analysts find IT solutions to enhance business operations, efficiency and productivity.
Land Buyers seeks out development opportunities to introduce to clients.
Landscape architects create places for people to live, work and play and places for plants and animals to thrive.
Legal Advisors are employed by large companies to provide counsel in legal matters.
Logistic and Plant Managers are responsible for overseeing all the hire, purchase, supply and use of machinery and equipment on building sites.
Marketing and Public Relation Officers are responsible for managing the reputation of a company, influencing opinion and behaviour through various communication channels.
Materials Engineers and Technicians develop a knowledge of the project and specification to source, test and assess compliance of materials and offer guidance on best working practices.
Painters and Decorators work on a wide range of painting and decorating jobs, ranging from simple house renovations all the way to maintaining historic buildings.
Planners are fundamental to the execution of a building project – creating a programme of works to help achieve its successful completion.
Plant and Mechanical Engineers design, install and repair plant machinery and parts.
The plasterer is indispensable to most building sites – making walls and ceilings smooth and ready for decorating.
Plumbers are in charge of anything that involves pipework on a construction site or in people’s homes.
Procurement managers find and obtain the best value services and goods needed to carry out a construction project.
Project managers are in charge of making sure a building or other kind of structure is done properly from start to finish.
Quality assurance managers make sure services are of the right standard to keep everyone inside and outside of a construction business happy.
Quantity surveyors work out exactly how much a building costs to construct and are in charge of finances.
Regeneration officers deliver programmes designed to improve and renovate buildings, to bring them up to date in design, health and safety compliance, and current usage.
Scaffolders erect and dismantle temporary metal structures, usually around buildings, which allow other construction trades to carry out their jobs safely.
Steel erectors create the strong skeleton of a building or temporary structure by installing and fixing together steel girders, pipework and beams.
Stonemasons create practical or beautiful (usually both) stone items that can last for centuries.
Structural engineers design structures to withstand stresses and pressures imposed through environmental conditions and human use.
Sustainability managers/coordinators oversee the implementation of sustainability strategies during a project.
A town planner manages the development of cities, towns and countryside.
Transport modellers use specialist computer software to help with the design and development of transport models to forecast future usage, meaning potential problems can be predicted and avoided in advance.
Welder fabricators cut and join metal and other materials into a wide range of structures for use throughout the built environment.