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How to Avoid the High Cost of Student Loans by Choosing Construction as a Career

Why choose a career in the construction industry?

The construction industry is extremely vital to the growth of the nation’s economy. This incredibly challenging and diverse industry allows for the creation, maintenance and renovation of our nation’s great infrastructure, whether it is building offices, schools, hospitals, houses, and much more. Most companies have a variety of departments such as engineering, construction, business development, accounting, human resources, safety and marketing. All of these departments play a key role in each component of the business process. The construction industry provides you with an opportunity to specialize in a department that fits your skills and interests.


Did you know you don’t necessarily have to get your hands dirty in the construction industry?  While there are field positions for individuals who enjoy a more kinesic style of learning (working with your hands), there are several positions that are office related. Some positions like project management allow for you to do both (work behind a computer and visit job sites)!

So how do you know if the construction industry is the right fit for you? Consider these questions:

Do you want to…

  • be challenged every day with new tasks and work on a variety of projects?
  • obtain a secure job in a sustainable industry?
  • earn a GREAT wage?
  • work in a diverse environment?

If you said yes to these questions, consider exploring the path to a career in construction:

If you are feeling overwhelmed about your future, need a career change or are unaware of which path to take (college, apprenticeship, and military) consider a job with a construction company.  Just trying a 3-6 month internship will allow you to explore the endless opportunities in a company that could potentially invest in YOU and your future.

Worried about meeting any financial obligations? No problem! Most construction companies offer PAID internships. If you move into a full-time position, some companies also pay for continuing education and college courses. A career in construction could result in a degree with ZERO student loan debt. Not a bad place to start your career path, right?

In addition to these great benefits, some construction companies provide in-house courses that promote personal development, creativity, efficiency, and innovation.

Many of these courses are instructed by members of their leadership team who are experts in their specific fields. Course topics range from sales/business development, learning a language, accounting to technical courses like basic plumbing/HVAC, AC troubleshooting and diagnostics, blueprint reading, project scheduling, and so much more to keep you engaged.

“From learning about the basics of plumbing or HVAC, using new software, maintaining equipment properly, all down to brushing up on social media or managerial skills—we make it our goal to ensure our employees are given all the opportunities to continue their education,” Sheldon Shapiro, CEO of Shapiro & Duncan, Inc.

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