Created by: Katie Wilson
&Careers with a B.A. or M.A.
Examine buildings, highways and streets, sewer and water systems, dams, bridges, and other structures.
Job opportunities are expected to be good, especially for those with the right skills.
- About 45 percent worked for local governments, primarily municipal or county building departments.
- Many home inspectors are self-employed.
Line installers and repairers work outdoors; conditions can be hazardous.
- Most electricians acquire their skills by completing an apprenticeship program lasting 4 to 5 years, or obtain an associates degree.
- Nearly ¾ of electricians work for building contractors or are self-employed.
Employment is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations.
- Employers prefer applicants with knowledge of electricity and electronics.
- Earnings are higher than in most other occupations that do not require postsecondary education.
Manufacturing industries employ almost all of these workers.
- Use of motorcycles, motorboats, and outdoor power equipment is seasonal in many areas.
More than 6 out of 10 jobs are found in manufacturing industries.
- Workers learn in apprenticeship programs, informally on the job, and in secondary, vocational, or postsecondary schools.
- Job opportunities should be good, as employers are expected to continue to have difficulty finding qualified workers.
- Employment is projected to grow more slowly than average.
- Job prospects should be excellent as employers report difficulty finding enough qualified people.