Construction and Extraction career paths: Qualifications, Salary, and more

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  • Painters, Construction and Maintenance

    Painters apply paint, stain, and coatings to walls and ceilings, buildings, bridges, and other structures.

  • Flooring Installers and Tile and Marble Setters

    Flooring installers and tile and marble setters lay and finish carpet, wood, vinyl, and tile.

  • Roofers

    Roofers replace, repair, and install the roofs of buildings, using a variety of materials, including shingles, bitumen, and metal.

  • Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers

    Drywall and ceiling tile installers hang wallboard and install ceiling tile inside buildings. Tapers prepare the wallboard for painting, using tape and other materials. Many workers both install and tape wallboard.

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Boilermakers

    Boilermakers assemble, install, maintain, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases.

  • Construction Equipment Operators

    Construction equipment operators drive, maneuver, or control the heavy machinery used to construct roads, bridges, buildings, and other structures.

  • Ironworkers

    Ironworkers install structural and reinforcing iron and steel to form and support buildings, bridges, and roads.

  • Sheet Metal Workers

    Sheet metal workers fabricate or install products that are made from thin metal sheets, such as ducts used in heating and air conditioning systems.

  • Elevator Installers and Repairers

    Elevator installers and repairers install, fix, and maintain elevators, escalators, moving walkways, and other lifts.

  • Glaziers

    Glaziers install glass in windows, skylights, and other fixtures in storefronts and buildings.

  • Electricians

    Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories.

  • Carpenters

    Carpenters construct, repair, and install building frameworks and structures made from wood and other materials.

  • Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

    Hazardous materials (hazmat) removal workers identify and dispose of asbestos, lead, radioactive waste, and other hazardous materials. They also neutralize and clean up materials that are flammable, corrosive, or toxic.

  • Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

    Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters install and repair pipes that carry liquids or gases to, from, and within businesses, homes, and factories.

  • Construction and Building Inspectors

    Construction and building inspectors ensure that construction meets local and national building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications.

  • Solar Photovoltaic Installers

    Solar photovoltaic (PV) installers, also known as PV installers, assemble, install, and maintain solar panel systems on rooftops or other structures.