It’s always exciting to think about what could be possible in the future, and that’s no different in the construction industry, especially as new technologies allow for more ambitious projects. Here we take a look at some potential future roles in the industry, plus the skills required for them.
What does the future hold for construction careers?
The construction industry is often thought of as all about manual labour and tools, which is only part of the story. Roles such as architect, designer, engineer, and BIM technician are all within the industry too, so the future is full of possibilities.
Bigger and more environmentally friendly projects will need teams with tech and creative skills, as the construction industry will likely continue to work towards becoming more green and the role that technology plays will potentially mean all new job roles that don’t even exist yet!
Skills required for future roles in construction
As we looked at in how is construction adapting for the future, the construction industry is facing more demand for sustainable and technologically advanced projects, so its workforce needs the right skills. Most are in the digital sphere. If you took our quiz and got ‘tech head’ as your personality type, these roles could certainly be right for you.
3D modelling, VR, and AR (virtual and augmented reality) all require digital skills. From using computer programs and software to new tools, being digitally savvy will be key to working in some areas of construction in the future. Digital skills cover applications and managing entire networks of information too, not to mention the ability to communicate an idea digitally as well as physically.
Robots are still new to many industries but considering how quickly smart speakers have infiltrated our lives, it’s clear that AI is going to be a huge part of our future. In construction, robots can assist with manual jobs, or process data and designs to help plan and develop a project. Working with the technology behind robotics could open a lot of opportunities.
Being safe online is important in any industry. Construction project data could include blueprints for government buildings, or security codes for areas within a building that sensitive information is stored in. If a construction project is linked to the health sector, thousands of people’s medical data is at risk. Cyber security skills like setting up and maintaining networks and systems that protect buildings and infrastructure are vital to the industry.
Roles that could become commonplace in construction
Although we cannot predict the future, here are some roles that are likely to become more common in the future of construction.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) estimates that the UK’s digital economy is worth over £200 billion, which means roles within the digital area are likely to keep growing and changing. An information manager will essentially make sure that all information relating to a project is accurate, safely stored, and accessible to the right people at the right time. This will make for smooth-running projects that are also more efficient.
Robot resource manager
Robots can be involved in 3D printing and modelling, assembly line production, and used to make manual labour roles safer. The construction industry is one of the most dangerous sectors to work in, so robots can help to minimise risk and reduce accidents. However, job roles will be created to help source and manage the robots. Even robots can make mistakes, so a human element of quality assurance and managing their efficiency will always be required.
Cyber security consultant
As more construction project and product information moves online, the industry will face a constant battle against hackers or cyber criminals. Security experts for digital software and applications will be vital. A cyber security consultant will also be involved in the legislation surrounding cyber security, much like the GDPR rules and regulations.
Artificial intelligence architect
As the construction industry becomes more digitally-focussed, the design element of a project will need to reflect that too. AI architects will possibly be designing in real time or even visualising their work through a VR headset. They may even work alongside robotics on site to make their designs come to life.
Building assembly technician
A building assembly technician interprets all the drawings, specs, and other information about a project and use it to assemble elements of the project, sometimes off site. They will use unique software and programs to make sure that everything is built to spec, budget, and on time.
Building drone operators
Drones are becoming more common on construction sites to give an overview of aspects of the build, taking high-quality images and video that can help develop the project or provide information to clients. Drone operators will be required to make sure the drones are operating correctly and safely at all times.
Find out more about how construction is adapting for the future
From the rise in eco-friendly materials, to working with augmented reality, the construction industry is always adapting and innovating.
If you want to be a part of the exciting future of construction, we’re here to help you find the right role for you, browse them all here to learn more.