Construction Overview

General Construction provides students with the necessary knowledge to erect buildings and structures. This is an ideal major for hands-on learners who love to build things and learn how things work. This may include the study of masonry, carpentry, installation and other technical knowledge.

Some of the courses students will take in this major are blueprint reading, physics, math, and chemistry. This major is commonly offered as a certificate, however can be taken as an associate's degree.

Required Skills

Logical thinkers and problem solvers do well in this major. Students will often be confronted with problems and puzzles they have to solve. You should enjoy working with your hands and have an eye for detail. Many complications can arise if you are not careful when drawing up a design or assembling materials.

Communication skills will also help you interact with managers, co-workers and clients. 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.


Students who pursue a career in construction often obtain jobs as masons, carpenters or builders. If interested in management students can take classes to prepare themselves for this role or gain experience through work. All of these professions are growing at a faster than average rate. An average starting salary for someone with a degree in construction is $52,388 with a mid-career salary of $81,889.

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First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
Salary data is estimated by College Factual using 2013 data provided by PayScale.
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