Believe it or not, working in construction is not all hammers and nails.
With any industry comes the myths about the work, and construction is no exception. We collected a few "industry myths" about the construction industry and debunked them on behalf of all future and aspiring members of the construction community.
Myth #1: Construction Work Is Dangerous
To an outsider, it would absolutely seem like construction sites are a hotbed of accidents and injuries. Since adhering to construction safety regulations are a major priority in this country, construction site accidents are more easily prevented. There are also plenty of roles within the industry that don't require any heavy lifting or machine operation so the risk of personal injury is practically non-existent.
Myth #2: There's No Advancement in Construction Careers
Oh, for crying out loud! There are numerous programs, certifications, specialized training, apprenticeships, and degrees that can be acquired over the course of any construction career to enhance any worker's skill set. Today's bricklayer has the potential to be tomorrow's site supervisor when putting forth the effort.
Myth #3: Women Aren't Welcome
Like hell, they aren't! Almost 9.9 percent of the construction industry workforce is female and earn up to 30 percent more than they would in roles typically held by women.
Myth #4: You Don't Need an Education to Work in Construction
Contrary to popular belief, you don't just show up on a construction site and get handed tools right off the bat. Like any job, there is some form of training or program to follow in order to be greenlit for work. As stated in Myth #2, certain forms of construction work require necessary certifications and/or significant training in order to fill a role. Also, because construction careers are so diverse, it's not uncommon to see those with Master's degrees or PhDs involved in construction projects.
Myth #5: Construction Work Doesn't Pay Well
Like any career, you get what you put into it. According to ZipRecruiter.com, many construction career salaries can run in the high-five and low-six figures depending on the specialization and location. On top of that, there are benefits, higher job satisfaction, and holidays off to make the compensation more desirable.
Myth #6: Automated Jobs Have Stolen Roles in the Construction Industry
It's true that robots have automated a lot of jobs, but technology will always require human monitoring and occasional intervention. Remember that security robot that fell in a fountain?
Due to the specialized nature of a lot of construction work, there's no way robots could gravely impact the construction industry. There will always be a need for able-bodied humans to get the job done.
Do you know of any myths about the construction industry you'd like to talk about? Let us know in the comments!