The 15 Best Construction Jobs for 2020

In the wake of the crisis, we find the emergence of greater opportunity in an industry that is hiring — now.

5 min readSep 2, 2020
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The construction industry’s recovery phase is well on its way. Even with challenges faced pre-pandemic that still remain as well as potential new challenges, the path forward includes many bright spots of opportunity.

We’ve discussed how the post-Covid-19 environment has amplified and escalated the rising labor costs and labor shortages trend. Labor shortages has been one of the major factors impacting the U.S. construction industry.

But even with the hurdles, there’s a silver lining in builder’s and construction worker’s job outlook. Our new environment is fostering changes in what consumers want, need and are willing to pay for; and this will single-handedly affect the need for increased construction development and laborers?

Let’s take a look at the top 15 construction jobs that should be on your radar for work now and in the future:

15. Construction Labors and Helpers

Median Salary: $35,800

Many workers start out with tasks such as digging ditches, cleaning highways, knocking down walls and unloading equipment. As they gain experience and certifications, they provide assistance in specialties such as roofing, structural work or carpentry.

14. Cement Mason and Concrete Finisher

Median Salary: $43,000

Knowledge of the properties of cement is essential, including how variable weather conditions may affect the pouring, leveling, setting and finishing processes. Requires on-the-job training and apprenticeship.

13. Hazardous Materials Removal

Median Salary: $43,900

Hazmat removal workers typically need a high school diploma and are trained on the job. Workers may complete training that follows Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Some hazmat removal workers need federally or state-mandated training, licensing, or permits, depending on the type of waste remediation.

12. Insulation Workers

Median Salary:$44,180

Floor, ceiling, and wall insulators typically learn their trade on the job. Mechanical insulators may complete an apprenticeship program after earning a high school diploma or equivalent.

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11. Glaziers

Median Salary: $44,630

Glaziers typically enter the occupation with a high school diploma and learn their trade through an apprenticeship or on-the-job training. Outlook growth is faster than average (11 percent).

10. Construction Equipment Operator

Median $48,160

Many workers learn equipment operation on the job after earning a high school diploma or equivalent, and others learn through an apprenticeship or by attending vocational schools.

9. Carpenters

Median Salary: $48,330

Carpenters typically learn on the job and through apprenticeships. Faster than average job growth and outlook.

8. Sheet Metal Workers

Median Salary: 50,400

Sheet metal workers employed in construction typically learn their trade through an apprenticeship. Those employed in manufacturing typically learn on the job or at a technical school.

7. Structural Iron and Steelworker

Median Salary: $53,970

Learning through apprenticeship and on-the-job training

6. Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Median Salary: $55,160

Most plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters learn on the job through an apprenticeship. Some attend a vocational-technical school before receiving on-the-job training. Most states require plumbers to be licensed.

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5. Electricians

Median Salary: $56,180

Most electricians learn through an apprenticeship, but some start out by attending a technical school. Most states require electricians to be licensed.

4. Construction and Building Inspectors

Median Salary: $60,710

Most employers require construction and building inspectors to have at least a high school diploma and work experience in construction trades. Inspectors also typically learn on the job. Many states and local jurisdictions require some type of license or certification.

3. Boilermakers

Median Salary: $63,100

Boilermakers typically learn their trade through an apprenticeship program.

2. Elevator Installers and Repairers

Median Salary: $84,990

Elevator installers and repairers typically need a high school diploma or equivalent. Nearly all learn how to do the work through an apprenticeship. Most states require workers to be licensed.

1. Construction Manager

Median Salary: $93,370

Practical experience is usually gained through internships, and those new to the field also get practical experience working as an assistant until they’ve learned the ropes to supervise their own construction project. As of June 26, 2020, according to, the average salary for a construction manager in New York City is $90,406 with $8000 profit sharing.

Median Salaries listed were as of May 2019 as reported by BLS.

Final Word on the Best Construction Jobs for 2020 and Beyond

The health and success of the economy is inextricably linked to the future of the construction industry. From jobs that only require high school diploma or GED to the highest paying construction jobs requiring a college degree; these jobs are essential to the proper functioning of an economy.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a positive career outlook for the construction industry. It has projected an 11 percent growth rate in construction from 2018–2028; it is second to Healthcare and social assistance industry with 16 percent.

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook (Construction and Extraction Occupations) ; US News and World Report (Best Jobs 2020)

Boaz Gilad is Founder and CEO of AMAST Group.

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