Careers In Construction

There are so many career opportunities in Construction, now is the time to find one that matches your unique skill set. The industry offers lots of variety with small to large scale projects involving the Construction of anything from foot paths to whole towns and cities. All projects go through planning, designing, building and maintenance phases which may involve several different companies specialised in all different trades.

The industry employees over 2.7 million people in 2018 and has become one of the UK’s largest employers.

Try using the A-Z of Careers on the GO Construct website to do some research.  Not sure what role would suit you best? The personality quiz is a good place to start.  If you need any advice or help with careers in construction TVCTA are here to help, contact

Useful Links

Click on the links below to visit websites that offer advice and guidance on how to get started with a career in Construction.

Target Careers
TARGETcareers is here to help school leavers make decisions about their future. Explore options for careers, university or apprenticeships and get help applying successfully.

Go Construct
The Go Construct website showcases the many career opportunities available in construction and the built environment. It is funded by the CITB levy and led by the industry.

Future Made
A career in construction means living the life you want – and we’re here to tell you the stories of young people making it happen.

Herts Tools Co.

Has a trade career resource called  ‘How to get into construction’ and covers such areas as: roles and responsibilities, qualifications needed as well as salary and career progression information.


Here are a couple of podcasts that are worth giving a listen to hear from experts from the industry.

You Want To Do What?! 

Take Your Place – Apprenticeship Podcast Series

Civil Engineer

Job Role: Civil Engineers design, construct and maintain the buildings, burdges, dams, roads and other types of infrastructure that make up our cities and town. Part of their job role is to visit building sites and assess proposed plans to determine the environmental impact of large scale projects and whether the building materials will be sufficient to create a safe and stable structure.

Salary: Fully trained Civil Engineers can earn up to £60,000

Construction Manager

Job Role:  Construction Project managers co-ordinate and oversee development projects both onsite and in an administrative capacity. They work with planners and architects to estimate the cost of projects and amounts of materials required, plan the scheduling and construction procedures that will be undertaken and liaise with subcontractors to ensure projects run on time and to budget.

Salary: Fully trained project managers earn up to £60,000


Job Role: Carpenters are skilled manual workers who build and install structures made out of wood, wood-substitutes and other strong materials. As a carpenter you may be asked to work inside or outside on Construction sites, erecting the supporting frames for buildings, installing doors, ceilings, staricases and cabinets.

Salary: Fully trained Carpentaers can earn up to £30,000

Quantity Surveyor

Job Role: Quantity surveyors are responsible for managingall aspects of the contractual and financial side of construction projects. Surveyors work out exactly how much a building will cost to construct. They also calculate the amount of building materials that are required and are responsible for the finances of the project.

Salary: Newly trained Quantity Surveyors can earn in the region of £22,000 – £37,000. Senior or Chartered Quantity Surveyors can earn between £42,000 and £66,000


Job Role:  Architects design all kinds of buildings by drawing detailed plans or sometimes creating carboard or plastic models. They create detailed drawings for contractors that must contain exact measurements and building materials needed. As an architect you will working on all stages of the project carrying out inspection to make sure it meet requirements.

Salary: A Architect’s assistant or trainee could earn between £18,00 and £30,000. A Senior or Chartered Architect can earn in the region of £50,000 and £100,00


Job Role: An estimator, also known as a cost planner or cost engineer, is responsible for calculating how much it will cost a supplier to provide a client with products or building work. They can be reponsible for drawing up bids for work, collecting quotes from suppliers and sub-contractors and keeping project costs in line with it’s budget.

Salary: Newly trained Estimators can earn between £18,000 and £20,000. Senior, chartered or Master Estimators can earn in the region of £35,000 – £40,000.