Careers In Construction

There are so many career options in Construction, time to find one that matches your unique skill set. The industry offers lots of variety with small to large scale projects involving the Construction of anything from foot paths to whole towns and cities. All projects go through planning, designing, building and maintainence phases which may involve several different companies specialised in all different trades. The industry employes over 2.7 million people in 2018 and has become one of the UK’s largest employers.

Try using the A-Z of Careers on the GO Construct website to do some research.  Not sure what role would suit you best? The personality quiz is a good place to start.

Useful Links

Click on the links below to visit websites that offer advice and guidance on how to get started with a career in Construction.

The CITB &  Partners – Onsite Experience Hubs

To help people  get ready to work on construction sites all over England and Wales.   It is recognised that there’s a big need for folks who are ready to work in construction, but not enough of them.

This is a special training programme by the CITB and their partners will teach you the skills, knowledge, and good behaviours you need to be ready for work on a construction site.

If you are based in Norfolk or Suffolk – please find the flyer CITB OSE Candidate Information (click here) that provides the full information and who to contact to find out more.

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Find a job or career in Norfolk or Suffolk based on your specific interests!

Target Careers
TARGETcareers is here to help school leavers make decisions about their future. Explore options for careers, university or apprenticeships and get help applying successfully.

Go Construct
The Go Construct website showcases the many career opportunities available in construction and the built environment. It is funded by the CITB levy and led by the industry.

Apprenticeships Norfolk
Apprenticeships are full-time jobs where you earn as you learn. Working for an employer, you will receive training from a local or national training provider who may be a college, independent provider or a university.

Herts Tools Co.

Has a trade career resource called  ‘How to get into construction’ and covers such areas as: roles and responsibilities, qualifications needed as well as salary and career progression information.


Here is a podcast that is worth giving a listen to hear from experts from the industry.

You Want To Do What?! 

Civil Engineer

Job Role: Civil Engineers design, construct and maintain the buildings, burdges, dams, roads and other types of infrastructure that make up our cities and town. Part of their job role is to visit building sites and assess proposed plans to determine the environmental impact of large scale projects and whether the building materials will be sufficient to create a safe and stable structure.

Salary: Fully trained Civil Engineers can earn up to £60,000

Construction Manager

Job Role:  Construction Project managers co-ordinate and oversee development projects both onsite and in an administrative capacity. They work with planners and architects to estimate the cost of projects and amounts of materials required, plan the scheduling and construction procedures that will be undertaken and liaise with subcontractors to ensure projects run on time and to budget.

Salary: Fully trained project managers earn up to £60,000


Job Role: Carpenters are skilled manual workers who build and install structures made out of wood, wood-substitutes and other strong materials. As a carpenter you may be asked to work inside or outside on Construction sites, erecting the supporting frames for buildings, installing doors, ceilings, staricases and cabinets.

Salary: Fully trained Carpentaers can earn up to £30,000

Quantity Surveyor

Job Role: Quantity surveyors are responsible for managingall aspects of the contractual and financial side of construction projects. Surveyors work out exactly how much a building will cost to construct. They also calculate the amount of building materials that are required and are responsible for the finances of the project.

Salary: Newly trained Quantity Surveyors can earn in the region of £22,000 – £37,000. Senior or Chartered Quantity Surveyors can earn between £42,000 and £66,000


Job Role:  Architects design all kinds of buildings by drawing detailed plans or sometimes creating carboard or plastic models. They create detailed drawings for contractors that must contain exact measurements and building materials needed. As an architect you will working on all stages of the project carrying out inspection to make sure it meet requirements.

Salary: A Architect’s assistant or trainee could earn between £18,00 and £30,000. A Senior or Chartered Architect can earn in the region of £50,000 and £100,00


Job Role: An estimator, also known as a cost planner or cost engineer, is responsible for calculating how much it will cost a supplier to provide a client with products or building work. They can be reponsible for drawing up bids for work, collecting quotes from suppliers and sub-contractors and keeping project costs in line with it’s budget.

Salary: Newly trained Estimators can earn between £18,000 and £20,000. Senior, chartered or Master Estimators can earn in the region of £35,000 – £40,000.