Career Pathways in the
Construction Industry

At the end of the day, if you like to step back and really see what you’ve done. You may be perfect for a career in construction. Whether you are outdoors building the skyline, or inside adding the finishing touches to a project, a career in construction provides an opportunity to create, rejuvenate and develop new buildings and infrastructure.

First

Requires on-the-job training, work experience, and/or a high school diploma

Job   2015 Avg Hr Rate
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Workers   $16.43
Paving, Surfacing, & Tamping Equipment Operators   $16.38
Excavating and Loading Machine & Dragline Operators   $22.72

Next

Requires 2-4 years of education beyond high school or on-the-job work experience

Job   2015 Avg Hr Rate
Heating, A.C., and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers   $18.79
First-Line Supervisor of Construction & Extraction Workers   $25.22
Carpenters   $17.81

Later

Requires 4 or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience

Job   2015 Avg Hr Rate
Accountants and Auditors   $35.50
Chief Executives   $94.84

First

Programs are middle and high school career exploration or career academy programs

Training Program   Institutions/School
Engineering Academy  

Escambia High School

Home Builders Association of West Florida (HBA) Green Construction Trades Academy  

Pine Forest High School

Civil Engineering & Architecture Academy

  West Florida High School of Advanced Technology
Pre-Engineering Academy   Woodham Middle School

Next

Programs are certifications, technical programs or 2-year degrees

Training Program   Institutions/School

AC, Refrigeration & Heating Technology

Electricity Certification

  George Stone Technical Center

AC, Refrigeration & Heating Technology

Electricity Certification

  Locklin Tech*

Electricity Certification

Carpentry Certification

HVAC Certification

A.S. Architectural Design and Construction Technology

  Pensacola State College

Later

Programs are bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral programs

Training Program   Institutions/School

B.S. Engineering Technology - Building Construction

B.S. Electrical Engineering

  University of West Florida

*Located in Santa Rosa County
** Program Coming Soon

Organized by Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties

Sources

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics - September 2014
Primary Data Collection - Greater Pensacola Chamber