With schools, hospitals, luxury high-rises and more projects being built every day, construction is always in demand. According to the Job Center of Wisconsin, the demand for construction workers across all occupations is projected to grow nearly 9 percent by 2026 outpacing the average total projected growth among all jobs in Wisconsin.
The union construction industry offers a high-paying career that pays apprentices to learn valuable skills — all without being weighed down by traditional college debt. Registered apprentices work a full-time, salaried job with benefits while training for their chosen profession through a combination of classroom and hands-on instruction. Anyone with a high school degree or equivalent can apply to become an apprentice in the skilled trades.
A journeyperson is an expert craftsperson who has successfully completed his or her union apprenticeship and earns a full salary. These seasoned professionals have obtained the appropriate licenses to practice their trade unsupervised, and often complete continuing education courses to stay on top of their field. Journeypersons can be jobsite managers, supervisors or training center instructors, and often oversee the work of apprentices.
A foreperson is typically the top supervisory position on a jobsite, and provides critical leadership to the construction crew and all workers. These well-organized individuals are responsible for supporting the goals of every project through daily communication, proactive decision-making and understanding how to maximize the capabilities of their team to complete jobs safely and efficiently.
4. Project Estimator / Owner
Project estimators and company owners are master craftsmen and women who are confident self-starters. They have a passion and commitment to building a business, which includes developing their employees to be the best they can be. They are responsible for everything from assessing project efficiency, to managing client relations, to overseeing company financials.