Guide To Jobs In The Construction Industry

By Shatavisha Chakravorty

Indeed, a nation can progress only if it has the necessary infrastructure. It is the appropriate infrastructure of the land that is needed to give sectors like education and healthcare the necessary boost so they can excel. If proper road, railways, buildings and other forms of infrastructure are not given to the citizens of a nation, the country cannot expect to excel in any field. In such a situation, the country can never establish itself as a developed economy.


Luckily, in the Indian context, the last two decades saw a tremendous improvement in the infrastructure of the country. A number of private-public partnerships were established. Lakhs of job opportunities were created. A positive fact here was that this infrastructure development was seen to have a distributed structure.

Guide To Jobs In Construction Industry

What this means is that construction development took place across the lengths and breadths of the country and was not seen to be restricted to a particular state or region. Naturally, this led to job opportunities for everyone.

Read on to know about the different ways you can make a career in the world of construction and the skill set and education required for the same.

· Boilermaker

Anyone who is familiar with the basics of the construction industry will be familiar with the role of broilers in building anything. Broilers are large containers that are used to mix construction supplies and hold hot liquids and gases.

Considering the importance of boilers in the construction industry, there are dedicated people who are responsible for the assembling, installing and repairing broilers. Usually, most of the construction firms prefer people who have passed their class 12th for this job role. These people are then trained to meet the challenges of this job role. The starting salary here is about Rs 12,000.

· Civil Engineer

This is one of the most respectable jobs in the construction industry. Civil engineers are the people who have the technical know-how of all that is going on in a construction site. They study blueprints and ensure that everything is done as per that. This often involves managing people, resources and machinery.

A bachelor's degree in engineering is required for this. The take-home salary of an individual depends on the organisation that they are working for. The average salary would be somewhere close to Rs 3.5 lakhs per annum.

· Electrician

These days it is impossible for us to imagine a construction job that does not have electricity. What this means is that there is a great demand for electricians in the world of constructions. Good technical skills along with the ability to work in rotational shifts is required for this.

Diploma holders in electrical engineering are preferred for this post. In some cases, candidates with good apprenticeship skills may be chosen for this position even if they do not have the said diploma. The average salary here ranges from Rs 15,000 to Rs 18,00 per month.

· Architect

Any work in the construction industry greatly relies on the expertise of these people. They are responsible for designing all the things that will be built by the people in the profession. They prepare blueprints of all that is going to be made.

Thus, it is natural that this job is amongst the highest paid careers in the world of construction. The starting salary for a fresher here is about Rs 50,000 per month and with experience, the value only rises. To pursue this career, one needs to have completed their 5-year bachelor's course in architecture from a recognised university.

· Construction Equipment Operator

In any construction site, we will see a number of equipment like bulldozers, land rollers, etc. Indeed, manual expertise is required to handle all of that. The people who are responsible for the same are known as construction equipment operators. They handle the minor technical glitches that occur in the course of operating this equipment as well.

In addition to that, they are often responsible for supervising the work of the labourer who carries the raw materials (or semi-processed goods) between the different machinery. The starting salary here is about Rs 20,000.

· Mason

These are the people who are responsible for building walkways, walls and other concrete structures. These people may have to work with wood, bricks, cement or any other tools as specified by the client. This is a very skilful job and candidates need to have a degree from a vocational school in order to take up a job in this field.

The amount of money that these people make depends greatly on the skill set that they possess. Thus, with experience, the salary rises here. The initial salary here is close to Rs 12,000 per month.

· Project Auditor

This is a job role that involves charting out the expenses that will be required to execute a particular project. The breakdown of the final budget into parts in order to ensure that maximum gains are achieved with minimal resources is the responsibility of these people.

Candidates with a background in commerce and a master's degree in business administration with a specialisation in finance are preferred for this role. The average starting salary here is close to Rs 5 lakhs per annum. This is a job role that requires you to be good with numbers and have the ability to think straight even during moments of crisis.

· Elevator Installers And Repairs

With high-rise buildings becoming all the way more popular, there is a greater demand for such people. These people are responsible for the installation and maintenance of lifts. You do not need any high educational qualifications and a mere 10th standard should suffice.

Following that, the candidate must have completed their apprenticeship. The average salary for such people stands at somewhere close to Rs 15,000 per month. In larger organisations, this involves working in shifts. Unlike most other jobs in the construction industry, this job is mainly restricted to urban areas and bigger times and cities.

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