According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Beyond the Numbers publication, infrastructure-related occupations pay well, over $37, 690 do not require post-graduate degrees or a degree at all in some cases, and can be expected to grow in the next 5 to 6 years. So, if you are looking for a job that might give you a good return on your education dollar, a career in building America’s infrastructure looks like a good deal now and in the future.
Some infrastructure occupations require a bachelor’s degree, including planning and designing jobs, civil engineering and environmental engineering jobs, surveyor jobs, architecture jobs, health and safety engineering jobs, and construction management jobs.
Other infrastructure-related occupations that require post-secondary education, but less than a bachelor’s degree include drafters, civil engineering and environmental engineering technicians. These workers typically enter the profession with an associate’s degree. Wind turbine service technicians and commercial drivers also usually require some nondegree education.
Apprenticeship or On-The-Job Training
Most infrastructure related occupations that prepare the worksite or build the structure typically require workers to have a high school diploma or equivalent. These jobs include construction trade workers, such as sheet metal workers, carpenters, and brickmasons and blockmasons. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, several of these occupations require an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship consists of a combination of on-the-job training and technical instruction, which lasts 3 to 5 years.
The 10 highest paid jobs involved in infrastructure include:
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
Electrical power-line installers and repairers
Health and Safety Engineers
High School Degree or Equivalent
Three out of these 10 highest paid jobs in infrastructure require a high school education or equivalent but need additional on-the-job training to be competent.
Electrical power-line installers and repairers, on-the-job training longer than 1 year
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers, 5 years or more of construction experience
Boilermakers serve an apprenticeship.
Upward to 2026
Between 2016 and 2026, these infrastructure-related occupations are expected to grow at least as fast as average. The nation’s demand for infrastructure will help to drive the demand for these occupations.
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Tate, Patricia, 2018., The employment outlook for occupations tasked with building America’s infrastructure. Beyond the Numbers, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, vol 7, No. 17.
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