A Career In Construction: The Pros And Cons

Working in the construction sector can offer a massive range of opportunities, but isn’t really for everyone. With good accessibility and mobility, the industry is very attractive to a lot of people looking for work.800px-thumbnail-construction-workers

However, certain concerns in the reliability and safety of construction jobs turn people off of the idea. If you’re mulling over a career in construction, then this post is for you. Here’s some of the pros and cons of working in construction.

Pros

One of the major pros of working in the construction sector, which a lot of people aren’t aware of, is the pay. When you compare it to countless other labour based jobs, a construction worker can draw in a fantastic pay check.800px-us_dollars_one_hundred_banknotes

In fact, when you have the right skills, some construction workers can earn significantly more than a lot of white-collar workers. A lot of these skills can be learned on the job, so most people will have no issue progressing in a construction career.

One of the other key advantages to working in construction is that you’ll be very mobile. For some, generally white-collar jobs, you need to live in or nearby a fairly urban area to have access to the best jobs. With construction though, you can move to and live in pretty much any area of the country, and know that there’ll be a project nearby which you can work on. Whether you’ve always wanted to live in a bustling city centre or a quaint, rural town, a job in construction can take you there!

Cons

Possibly the biggest drawback of working in construction is the risk of injuries. When you’re sitting at a desk all day, the most harrowing injury you’re likely to experience is a bad back or carpal tunnel syndrome.750px-pipe_installation_2

When you’re working on a construction site, the stakes are much higher. Despite countless safety precautions which have been imposed on the industry, a slip or fall as a labourer can often mean broken bones, paralysis, or even death.

Sometimes these are even caused by other people’s negligence, which has given rise to firms such as www.mbpersonalinjurylaw.com

 

The whim of the elements is another major con to working in construction. If you’re living in a particularly cold or wet area, you may be rained off of a lot of jobs, or have to work in miserable weather conditions. Sure, the pay is good and can often make up for this in the long run. However, if you’ve got a family depending on you, you may want to stay away from the construction sector.

Your own age can be a factor working against you if you work in construction. In your twenties, it’s relatively easy to leave the house early and put in hours of backbreaking work. As you age though, you’ll find that working on a construction site becomes more and more difficult, especially if you sustain an injury at some point in your early days. A lot of construction employees work their way up to office positions, but it isn’t something you should bank on.

This post has been contributed by Ryan Gatt, it may contain affiliate links.

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