Field of Study Overview

Studying in the field of Construction Trades you teach you the technical knowledge and skills that are required to build, inspect, and maintain structures and properties. There are a few different majors in this field students can choose from. Some options are Electrical and Power Transmission Installers, or Building & Construction Management. While studying in this field, you will be taking courses in blueprint reading, electrical and mechanical systems, building codes, power distribution, electrical theory, and computerized estimating. These majors are commonly offered as a Certificate, however can be earned as an Associate's or Bachelor's degree at some schools.

Required Skills

This major is ideal for students who like to work with their hands and are logical problem solvers. Skills in math and measurement will be used daily on a building site. Communication skills will also help you in your classes as well as in a career as you interact with clients, co-workers, and management.

Most programs require student to acquire an apprenticeships in order to gain work experience and to learn the fundamentals first hand. You will work alongside a professional within the field, in addition to hours in the classroom.


Graduates with a degree in Constructional Trade have many different career opportunities within the construction field. If you are interested in management, you can find a job as a construction manager, construction and building inspector, property manager, or first-line supervisors of installers. These careers all involve managing and overseeing construction sites. Due to increase construction in some areas of the country, these job positions are in high demand.

If you are not interested in management, you could also find work as a drafter, electrical power-line installer, construction and building inspector, or insulator. These professionals work on one aspect of the construction, whereas the managers oversee the entire site. The average reported starting salary for someone with a degree in Construction Trade is $49,016 with a mid-career salary of $86,029.


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Field at a Glance

  • Yearly Graduations
    (online) 25
    (associate) 760
    (bachelor) 153
  • Average Starting Salary
  • Average Mid-Career Salary

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Building Management & Inspection High N/AN/A
Carpenters Average N/AN/A
Construction Average Poor N/A
Construction (Other) Low N/AN/A
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers High N/AN/A
Masonry Low N/AN/A
Plumbing & Water Supply Low N/AN/A

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