Would you like a job where you can see the results of your hard work on a grand scale? You might like using your practical skills, or have ideas about how public areas should look. Or, you could be interested in technical skills or using machinery, or even planning how something could be built. Either way, the vast and rewarding construction industry has something to offer everyone.
Construction projects are often complex, where there can be up to 60 different jobs involved in one building project. They all have to be done properly, and in the right order, if the building – or structure – is going to be fit for purpose and safe.
In 2016, employment in the Scottish construction industry was around 231,540 and it was estimated to have increased by 4% in 2017 to 241,560.
There are over 150 occupations in construction and the built environment, in areas including: architecture, building technology and management, civil and structural engineering, construction crafts, landscape architecture, surveying and town and regional planning.
Jobs range from management to technician and craft roles, all requiring a wide variety of skills, and offering a wide range of opportunities and experience.
Possible employers include:
From 2018 to 2022 it is predicted that infrastructure construction (such as transport and utilities) will decline, but due to an increase in the public and private housing sectors and repair and maintenance, overall construction output is expected to be stable.
Employment is expected to be around 233,280 by 2022, which is a decline on the 2017 figure, but the annual recruitment requirement is predicted to be 2,310 in the years up to 2022.
Demand for some trades and professions will be higher than others. Over the next 5 years, those in strongest demand include civil engineers, surveyors, architects, plumbers, construction trades supervisors and wood occupations.
Employers take on school leavers as well as graduates across the wide range of careers available.
CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) is the Sector Skills Council for construction industry. You can find more information about the sectors it covers and related careers and training pathways on the CITB website.