Jobs in construction fall into one of ten groups, or career families. The jobs in each family involve similar types of work and use similar training, skills and knowledge.
Click on the families to see the jobs involved.
Almost all construction projects use machinery. It could be a 1,000 tonne, 7 meter wide remote-controlled boring machine needed to tunnel out an underground railway, or a crane that sits 1,000 feet in the air and lifts glass panels to the top of a skyscraper.
Some people who work in the construction industry are based in workshops and factory-style environments where they may be using fixed machinery like CNC routers which are ‘guided’ by computers.
People who work in these job roles will use a variety of tools, machinery and materials to help them to do their jobs.
There are many roles in the construction industry which need people with a high level of management skills.
Town planners are usually employed by the Local Authority and will consult with the community and people such as Environmentalists, Ecologists and Archaeologists before they decide whether a project can go ahead.
Surveyors provide support and guidance to construction projects, big and small. They often use technologies such as GPS and satellite imagery to help them with their work.
Any construction project whether it’s a new stadium, road-bridge, housing estate or a house extension needs to be designed.
Plumbers, electricians, heating and ventilation engineers, mechanical and engineering installers and low and zero carbon technology installers are all called Building Services Engineers.
Just like any big business, larger construction companies require support from a range of people who may be office based including receptionists, human resource specialists, finance and legal.
For nearly every construction job there is a technical role. Technicians are the people who support the work of the designers and consultants.