Architecture and Construction

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Do you like building things or drawing?
Are you creative? Do you like working with your hands and using tools?
Are you physically fit? Do you like working outdoors?
Do you have a strong attention to detail?

What it takes:

  • Be physically fit.
  • Ability to follow directions with a strong attention to detail.
  • Innovation.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and visually.
  • Willingness to work hard and be a team player.

Look around you...

Architecture and Construction professionals create virtually every structure you see around you. They design and build parks, roads, bridges, homes, skyscrapers, schools, businesses and sports complexes!

The men and women working in Architecture and Construction come from a variety of backgrounds, levels of training and education. After successfully completing high school, some enter directly into on-the-job training or industry apprenticeships. Others, such as Draftspersons or Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) professionals, receive specialized training at community or technical colleges. Bachelor’s degrees or advanced degrees are required for Architects, Engineering professions and some management positions.

Career Spotlight


Electricians install and maintain electrical systems and wiring that powers homes, businesses, and factories. They can also work on communication systems, street lights, intercom systems or electrical control systems. Electricians work indoors and outdoors, in nearly every type of facility.

Mechanical, mathematical and design knowledge is vital for an electrician. Blueprints and hand tools are used to locate and install systems. Other specialized tools, like ohmmeters, ammeters, and voltmeters are important in testing connections to ensure components are compatible, safe and meet local, state and national building codes.

Some electricians learn through an apprenticeship, others start out by attending a community or technical college. Most states require electricians to be licensed.

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Careers in Architecture & Construction

  • Advertising Designer
  • Architectural Engineer
  • Architect
  • Building Contractor
  • Building Designer
  • Building Inspector
  • Building Researcher
  • Carpenter
  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction
  • Project Manager
  • Draftsperson
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrician
  • Furniture Designer
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Industrial Designer
  • Interior Designer or Interior Decorator
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Inspector
  • Landscape Architect
  • Mason
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Old-House Rehabber
  • Plumber
  • Production Designer
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Surveyor
  • Welder