Career Paths in the Construction Trades: Options & Opportunities

Become an electrician

Sometimes when students consider training in a construction trade, they worry that the field they choose may limit their employment opportunities. It’s tough to forecast if workers will stay in-demand in any field, and you may even worry that the field you choose will only open the door to one specific job.

The good news is that pre-apprenticeship training provides students with the skills to excel in a multitude of immediate jobs where workers are in high demand. Pre-apprenticeship training can even start you on a career path you hadn’t even thought possible!

Let’s take a look at the demand for skilled trade workers in the Canadian industry, as well as some lesser-known job options for people who enroll in pre-apprenticeship training today.

Skilled Workers are in High Demand in Canada

Because skilled labor makes up a large segment of Canada’s economy, there is plenty of opportunity for employment in this area. In fact, the Construction Sector Council declared that between 2012 and 2020, the construction sector will need 319,000 new workers.

Were you planning on training to become an electrician? You’d be happy to know that the Canadian Electricity Association reports that the sector will have to recruit almost 45,000 new workers by 2016.

Become a Building Inspector

If you’ve ever been interested in working as a building inspector, a great way to start is with a learning a building trade such as carpentry. This exciting career path offers you the opportunity for continual learning, because building construction technology, materials, and regulations are constantly evolving.

Take on a Teaching Role

Are you passionate about the construction field but have also always wanted to become a teacher? Pre-apprenticeship training can give you the tools you need to gain experience in the field of your choice so that you can carry on the message to future generations.

Many Canadian high schools offer apprenticeship workshops and programs that are always looking for educators. For example, if you decide to take up plumber training, you would later be able to participate in educational programs where you can help instruct different age groups in basic skills like pipe soldering.

Start Your Own Business

If you’ve always wanted to work your own hours and manage your own list of clients, owning a business might be for you—and pre-apprenticeship training can pave the way to this career!

Appliance service technician courses provide students with the know-how to fix or install any major appliance in a home. With proper certification, you’d be able to start offering your services up locally, and from there, word of your expertise will travel and gain you more customers.

If you’re more inclined towards contracting, you may want to consider combined training programs, where your skill set in multiple areas will give you the knowledge to gain some business. A professional jack-of-all-trades will no doubt have more connections and opportunities to reach out to potential customers through their contracting company.

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