Careers in Construction
A Rewarding Future
Home builders are seeking skilled workers to build the American dream.
There is opportunity in the trades for motivated individuals seeking a rewarding future.
Building Trades Offer a Great Career Path
A home builder relies on a number of highly trained workers to get the job done right. This includes dozens of skilled artisans and professionals. 70% of builders typically use somewhere between 11 and 30 subcontractors to build a single-family home. These trades often become a part of the maintenance and repairs the home may need over time.
Find your home with a career in the home building industry and help others achieve
the dream of owning a home. Earn while you learn.
Career Paths & Average Wages
View average wages, estimated future workforce demand and job growth for trades in Wisconsin and Illinois.
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Data provided by National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) based on data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Education | Experience
Choosing a trade for your career path can be rewarding and exciting. There are different ways to get into a trade.
Entry-level employees may be hired without education and trained in-house. Some fields require certifications, associate's degrees or registered apprenticeships before hiring.
Use the links below to learn more.
1. Complete High School
A high school diploma or GED is the minimum educational requirement for most trade jobs. LBA has connected with three local high schools in Walworth County that offer valuable training in Technical Education even beyond shop class or woodworking classes. These programs may help students in these schools decide what trade they would like to enter. Students are encouraged to work with technical education teachers and career counselors to follow their interest in the trades.
2. Pick a Trade
Consider which trade interests you the most. If you prefer being creative and working with your hands rather than sitting at a desk, then you may consider more of the skilled trades. Trade careers may directly correlate with your hobbies. Determine what different jobs have in common with your hobbies. Talk to a people who work in trades that interest you. Research pay and growth for each trade and review job opportunities.
3. Select an Educational Program
Each trade has different requirements, and not all trades require formal education. However, taking formal education classes can help you gain a competitive advantage over other candidates. Research the requirements for the trade you are interested in entering before you enter an educational program. This way, you know the specific requirements before you begin a program.
The Department of Education created the College Scorecard, an online tool that allows individuals to search for nearby schools (technical, college & universities) that have various training programs. The College Scorecard will help you compare programs that lead to certificates and degrees at locations where you may be eligible to receive Pell Grants from the Department of Education.
4. Obtain an Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship programs allow you to develop skills while you are trained on-the-job and may take one to six years to complete, depending on the trade. Unlike other programs, construction apprenticeships in Wisconsin are offered through a Local Apprenticeship Committee instead of the employer. Use the link below to contact the Local Apprenticeship Committee training office and speak with the Apprenticeship Training Coordinator for further information about the trades in which you're interested.
5. Get licensed
Licensing is not necessary for all trades. The State of Wisconsin's Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) oversees licensed professions. The department website has a complete list of licensed professions, the requirements for each and the application process.
6. Become a Journeyman
After you complete your apprenticeship, you can become a journeyman because you have passed necessary examinations and enough on-the-job training to work under your own license instead of the license of a more experienced tradesperson. Depending on your trade, you may need to work as a journeyman one to five years before being eligible to be a master tradesperson. Master tradespeople can work in supervisory roles.