Architecture & Construction. The Basics.

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architecture and construction career cluster

It’s literally impossible to go one day without seeing something that has to do with the construction industry. Whether it’s your home, the mall, the road or highway that takes you where you’re going, or the power that lights your way… construction is a part of it all.  Keep in mind that no construction project gets done without people that:

  • Design and plan the structure or project
  • Obtain materials
  • Operate the equipment
  • Schedule, supervise and/or manage the work being done
  • Have the skills and training to make things happen
  • And so much more…

Regardless of whether you’re planning to go to college, directly to work, the military, haven’t decided yet, or just plain haven’t a clue about what you want to do… consider the following about the “Architecture and Construction” Career Cluster:



The construction industry is one of the largest employers in the United States...


100s of thousands of jobs available right now, and not enough skilled and qualified people to fill those jobs!

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Construction is a great industry for people who want to be self-employed...


In fact, there are more opportunities than most any other industry for people who want to own and run their own business.

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Significant, and continued, employment growth. Why?....

A few reasons include:

- New technologies
- Growing population and extended lifespans
- Deteriorating infrastructure within our roads, highways, and bridges
- Aging buildings

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Big money for some careers...


Salaries can easily reach into the 6 figures for skilled and qualified people.

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100s of career ideas to choose from ranging from carpentry, design, management, inspections, engineering…


You name it, there’s likely a career for that in construction.

What do you think?

So, the question is… after reading a bit about the “Architecture and Construction” Career Cluster, do you think you might want to be a part of this industry?

If that’s a yes, or even a maybe, then check out the brief descriptions of the three “Pathways” in this cluster that are shown in the tab above titled “Pathways”; it’ll help you to learn more while you’re working toward making an educated and informed decision about whether this cluster is the right career direction for you.

What's Next?

Click the “Pathways” tab above to see what’s next.

FYI… We’ll talk about these “Pathways” more a little later in the course, in fact you’ll even be introduced to over 100+ careers, but for now just check out the brief descriptions below….


People In the Design and Pre-Construction pathway turn ideas into plans.  They’re involved in the preparation for, and creation of, designs and plans for the construction of:

  • Homes
  • Malls and stores
  • Tunnels
  • Bridges
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Schools
  • Airports
  • Highways
  • Power plants
  • Athletic Arenas
  • … or pretty much anything else that needs to be built.
construction pathway

The Construction Pathway is all about the actual building, remodeling and construction of structures like those mentioned in the Design & Pre-Construction Pathway.  These people:

  • Do the work
  • Supervise the work
  • Or have some other role in taking “plans” and making them happen.

As you might expect, many of the careers in the Construction pathway revolve around the skilled trades, but they also definitely include careers that cross over into other industries as well such as business, manufacturing and engineering to name a few.

maintenance and operations

Once a structure is built it’s going to need to be maintained and/or repaired at some point.

The Maintenance & Operations pathway consists of careers for people who keep the physical presence and inner workings of a building or structure in good shape so that they they continue to run smoothly, efficiently and safely.

People in this pathway might:

  • Discover problems and make suggestions for improvements.
  • Unload, inspect, and move new equipment into position.
  • Determine the optimal placement of machines in a plant.
  • Assemble machinery, install machinery, repair machinery and perform preventive maintenance.
  • Detect, diagnose and correct minor problems on machinery.

Done checking out the Pathways? Click the “When You’re Done” tab above.