Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hammer Out a Career Path


The article below was written by guest blogger John Coldbrooke.
Thank you John for the contribution.


Hammer Out A Career Path

The construction career field is vast. While there are many commonly known construction careers, there are also many construction career options that simply fly under the radar. Anyone who is considering career options should learn about less common and emerging construction careers before ruling out construction work. Fortunately, the construction field is expected to grow exponentially over the next 10 years. Aspiring construction workers can expect lucrative pay from hammering out a career path.

Specialty Work

There is a substantial amount of specialty work within the construction field. Specialty construction workers are licensed to operate sophisticated machinery that requires in-depth knowledge. They are also certified to perform specialized tasks. Construction workers involved in specialized work can become electricians, plumbers, pipe fitters and masons. These professionals should expect to gain a higher degree of education, for example from online schools for construction, but should also expect to earn a higher salary.

Anyone who wants to become involved in specialty construction work should expect to spend several years as an apprentice to a current professional within their field of choice. The apprenticeship process can be long and arduous, but results in valuable skills that are applicable to many construction areas.
Moreover, the future holds an increase in remodeling work for specialized construction workers, but also a decrease in new home building. The downturn in the housing market has made it economically disadvantageous to sell houses, as well as to build new homes. While new house sales will decrease, existing houses will continue to dilapidate, and require substantially more bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and basement remodeling. If you’re considering a career in specialized construction, you should seriously remodeling work.

Green energy

Furthermore, a substantial amount of construction work involving green energy is quickly emerging. Fortunately, construction skills in any area can be applied to green energy construction. However, extensive on the job training, technical diplomas and advanced skills in development are required for construction workers wishing to become involved in green energy implementation.

Not everyone has the time to train to become a green energy construction specialist. There is, fortunately, less technical work that may be performed by less trained construction workers. To get the training to do this less technical work, individuals should work closely with contractors in the field to meet experience related hiring requirements.

There are jobs available in each sector of alternative energy. The subcategories are: wind energy, solar energy and geothermal energy. Construction wind energy implementation involves the building of wind turbines. The construction of wind turbines is complex. They must be built in areas with high wind activity. In some cases, they can be built near homes, but are mostly built in windy prairies. Wind energy construction specialists must be able to map out viable wind energy locations, and must have in-depth knowledge of how to build wind turbines.

Construction specialists who plan to work with solar panels must learn the details involved in solar panel construction. Photovoltaic solar panels work through wires of electrons becoming excited by the heat energy of the sun. This electricity is stored, and transported by wires to residential and commercial areas. Solar panel construction specialists should gain professional certification in electricity, and take part in an internship or apprenticeship program with a current professional in the field.

Moreover, construction specialists who hope to work with geothermal energy. Geothermal energy utilizes the earth’s natural heat from its mantle. Water is inserted into the mantle, which, being at a constant temperature, heats the water, which is then pumped through pipes to heat houses. Potential geothermal energy construction specialists should learn the intricacies of locating and utilizing geothermal hotspots, and the implementation of geothermal energy into residential and commercial areas.

John Coldbrooke is a Floridian with a love for design and writing. He works as an advocate for online universities and has a degree is architecture. In his spare time he spends time with his family and designs buildings and homes for many companies.




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