Planning for your career can be overwhelming. There’s a lot to think about, and little time to decide. What kind of job do you want? How will you afford to pay your bills? If making a reliable wage, and being able to live comfortably are two of your top priorities, pursuing a career in the construction industry may be for you.
We aren’t joking, either! A 2017 report found that on average, construction workers in Oregon make some $54,600 per year, and that’s on the low end. The same survey found that area plumbers average $36.24 per hour, which adds up to over $75,000 per year! That’s just in terms of pay — those statistics don’t even take benefits or overtime into consideration.
If you have a passion for working with your hands and want to pursue a career that encourages you to constantly evolve and grow, construction is the right choice. There are so many specialties within the industry, you’re sure to find something that you enjoy. Whether you have a passion for roofing and piping or are more into design and computer modeling, your skills can make an impact in a number of ways.