What's so great about a job in construction?

Here's why you should consider a career in the construction industry.

If you’re considering a career in construction, you should be aware that the industry is massive. In fact, it’s one of the biggest industries in the world.

The wide variety of skills required by the industry means there is a range of career opportunities available. Your career path is likely to be diverse especially once you begin to specialise. It’s a career worth considering, whether you’re good at maths, science, wood work, ICT or even if you just love organising.

New and innovative designs for buildings and modern day equipment and techniques make it an exciting career choice. Every day will see you in a new setting since no construction site will be the same. Your job is meaningful since you get to build stuff people depend on. The job satisfaction is immediate as you can start seeing the progress you are making almost daily.

There is also plenty of opportunity to move up the career ladder in the construction industry as long as you take advantage of the on-the-job training that this industry offers. You’ll have a massive range of training available at all levels, thereby allowing you to consistently develop your skills and further your knowledge. This also means that the power to excel is in your hands – the more you’re willing to learn, the more opportunities will open up for you.

Another great reason to consider a job in the construction industry is that you’ll be able to find a job anywhere in the country. And according to Payscale.com, the money ain’t half bad either…

Average Salary for the Construction industry by city in South Africa:

1.       Johannesburg

R301 911                               

 2.       Cape Town

R224 597

3.       Durban

R174 835

There really is something for everyone. On Careers24 alone, there are more than 18 000 vacancies in South Africa, with an average monthly salary of R55 500.

Top 7 highest paying jobs within South Africa’s construction industry:

1.       Project Manager - Construction

R373 996 (average annual salary)

2.       Construction Manager

R345 738 (average annual salary)             

 3.       Civil Engineer

R297 826 (average annual salary)

 4.       Quantity Surveyor

R287 227 (average annual salary)                                                              

 5.       Construction Foreman

R209 975 (average annual salary)             

 6.       Safety Officer

R161 804 (average annual salary)             

 7.       Junior Quantity Surveyor

R142 700 (average annual salary)

Other jobs within the industry:

  • Architect
  • Architectural technologist
  • Building control officer/surveyor
  • Building services engineer
  • Facilities manager
  • Landscape architect
  • Engineering geologist
  • Structural engineer
  • Planning technician
  • Site manager
  • Welder
  • Brick layer
  • Heavy equipments specialist
  • Driller
  • Blaster

For more information about the Engineering and Construction industry, browse more Careers24 Advice.