Does construction work look like the right career for you? Once you know what you need to get into construction, it’s probably time to start thinking ‘what type of construction jobs are there?’ We’ve got you covered – read on to find out.
Why do you need to choose a construction worker type?
If you want to succeed and excel in your career, it’s a good idea to find a type of construction and master it. By having a speciality, you can learn the ins and outs to master your craft. Eventually, with experience, you can be the go-to person within your construction field, which looks great to your employer and customers.
What types of construction jobs are there?
There are many different types of construction workers, so everyone can find their speciality. We’ve put together a list of some for you to possibly choose from. Many of these will require some kind of certification which you can either gain from an education qualification or work toward whilst being employed.
Bricklayers build houses, repair walls and chimneys and can also refurbish decorative stonework. Bricklayers can work on restoration projects, as well as in a house-building environment.
For this career, you can achieve it through an apprenticeship, work or college.
Landscapers create and maintain gardens, parks and other outdoor and indoor areas.
A role in landscaping requires a college certification, an apprenticeship or you can opt to go straight to employment and work your way up.
Carpenters and joiners install and make wooden structures, fittings and furniture.
Carpenters are required to go to college or achieve an apprenticeship.
Carpet fitters and floor layers are required to fit carpets and vinyl tiles. They also lay laminate and solid timber floors.
For this career, you can either do an apprenticeship or apply to work directly with an employer.
Electricians fit, service and repair electrical machinery, equipment, circuits and wiring.
Electricians need a college diploma, an apprenticeship qualification or can go straight to work.
Building surveyors advise clients about maintenance, designs, construction, and repair of buildings. Health and safety requirements are also a concern for building surveyors.
This role requires university degrees or apprenticeships.
Building site inspector
Building site inspectors check the quality and safety of construction work by making sure buildings follow regulations and defects are fixed.
This role can be achieved through university, college, apprenticeships and work (though, work will require moving your way up by starting as a site tradesperson, building technician or surveying assistant and getting thorough job training)
Architects design new buildings and the spaces around them. They also work to restore and conserve existing buildings.
For a career in architecture, you’ll likely need a higher education. This can include university or apprenticeships which you’ll need to study alongside. Work experience is key!
Fence installers put up and repair fences, gates and other types of barriers.
You can achieve this role through direct work and gaining experience, apprenticeships or college.
Gas mains layer
Gas mains layers maintain and install pipelines that supply homes and places of business with gas.
For this role, apprenticeships or applying for a job are required.
Plumbers fit hot and cold-water systems, heating systems and drainage networks. They can also maintain and service them.
Plumbers will need a college qualification, apprenticeship or you work your way up.
Road workers build and repair roads and motorways. It requires knowledge of public safety as well as construction.
Highway operatives require an apprenticeship or a college qualification.
Tilers tile walls and floors. They do this in kitchens, bathrooms, shops and restaurants. Tilers will work with and use materials like ceramics, slate and marble.
To achieve this career, you can either work your way up, get an apprenticeship or a college qualification.
If we haven’t quite listed the construction worker type that you’re looking for, take a look at the UK Government website for career ideas in construction. Make sure you take your time to find the right construction worker type for you! Being skilled in your field can elevate your skillset and ultimately, earn you more along the way.
Once you’ve mastered your skill (or if you already have), have a look at our article on how to work out your daily rate as a contractor and find all the information you need.