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Utilities And Construction

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Construction and utilities are to an extent interrelated, although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) classifies the two as different sectors. These two sectors provide a significant number of jobs in the economy, with a good number of these roles interestingly not requiring college education. This post addresses employment in utilities and construction along with job titles you could consider for your first job in the sectors.

About Utilities and Construction

Construction is primarily concerned with building of structures or engineering projects, including utility systems. In addition to new projects, construction work covers alterations, extensions, maintenance and repairs. The sector is further divided into three subsectors, namely: construction of buildings; heavy and civil engineering construction, and specialty trade contractors.

The utilities sector, on the other hand, covers businesses or companies involved in the provision of utility services, such as electric power, water supply and sewage removal. It doubles as a subsector as well.

After decent showing in the previous 30 months or thereabouts, utilities and construction sectors hit a rough patch in 2014. The depressed oil price levels that kicked in toward the end of the year raised hope of a resurgence, but that has yet to materialize at the scale expected. However, significant improvement is being forecast for 2015, with the building momentum expected to carry through 2017.

Preliminary employment figures from the BLS put the total number of employees (seasonally adjusted) in the construction sector at over six million and more than 561,000 for the utilities sector. Employment figures for 2014 show that carpenters, construction laborers and electricians are in the largest number in the construction sector, while electrical power-line installers/repairers and electrical engineers leads in number in utilities. The average hourly earnings for construction workers are put at about $27, while they are estimated at $37 for utilities employees.

Working in Utilities or Construction

There are different types of jobs that someone can apply for in utilities and construction. Educational requirements vary across different roles, as would be expected. Highly technical roles, such as those of environmental engineers, mechanical engineers and architects, will require at least a bachelor’s degree. A high school diploma will suffice for numerous other positions.

Depending on your level of education and expertise, below are some of the job titles you may be able to get as a first job in utilities and construction:

  • Environmental engineer
  • Equipment operator
  • Construction assistant
  • Field engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • General laborer
  • Carpenter
  • Architect
  • Surveyor
  • Estimator I
  • Electrician
  • Pipefitter
  • Broadband technician
  • Contract analyst
  • Cable construction technician
  • Meter reader
  • Meter technician
  • Welder
  • GIS analyst

These job titles only give an idea of what the average jobs in utilities and constructions are and the list is definitely not exhaustive. While some of the positions might look very technical, there are also less technical and managerial positions.

Hope you find the information presented in this post useful in determining if a job in utilities or construction is ideal for you or not.

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