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Welders average
$70,535 a year
in their income

Craft professionals make
$9,835 more
than recent graduates

1.4 Million
Craft professionals are needed by 2020

Tower crane operators average an income of $77,535 a year

Local Professionals In Demand

Our team has compiled data on the demand of contstruction focused careers in New York State through December 2022. Here at Conex we would like to help you land these positions.

Carpenter
117,816
Painter
17,095
Laborer
78,020
Plumber
12,006
Electrician
38,816
HVAC Technician
10,669
Mason
36,816
Insulator
Compiling
Pipefitter
29,647
Roofer
7,186
Ironworker
24,636
Glazier
6,802
Heavy Equipment Operator
20,272
Welder
5,269

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These are some of the most in-demand positions in New York State construction. You will notice that these career paths can reward you with a great career and compensation.

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Carpenter

$56,877 AVG

Do you like creating things from scratch? The feeling of a saw cutting through wood and the smell of sawdust on the shop floor?

Carpenters measure, cut and shape wood, plastic, fiberglass and drywall. Commercial and industrial carpenters construct, erect, install and repair structures and fixtures. These carpenters are involved in many different kinds of construction, from homes to skyscrapers, and even highways and bridges.

Education: Technical School, Community College, Registered Apprenticeship Program, and Industry Training Program

Qualifications: Carpenters need good eye-hand coordination, physical fitness and a good sense of balance. The ability to solve mathematical problems quickly and accurately, also is required. Carpenters can learn their craft while making good money through on-the-job training.

Laborer

$38,890 AVG

Are you the person everyone comes to when they need help with a project? And no matter what that project may be, you always find a way to get it done?

Laborers perform many basic tasks on construction sites and work both full & part time. Some work at great heights or outdoors in all weather conditions. This occupation would be a great way to get your foot in the door to other career opportunities in the construction industry.

Education: Technical School, Community College, Registered Apprenticeship Program, and Industry Training Program

Qualifications: Handiness, hand-eye coordination, physical fitness, and a good sense of balance.

Electrician

$67,269 AVG

Ever take apart a VCR, toy robot, or computer and put it back together…or at least try to?

Electricians install and maintain all of the electrical and power systems for our homes, businesses and factories. In large factories, electricians usually do maintenance work that is more complex. These kinds of electricians may repair motors, transformers, generators and electronic controllers on machine tools and industrial robots. They also advise management as to whether the continued operation of certain equipment could be hazardous.

Education: Technical School, Community College, Registered Apprenticeship Program, and Industry Training Program

Qualifications: Handiness, hand-eye coordination, physical fitness, and a good sense of balance. Electricians also need good color vision in order to recognized electrical wires by color.

Heavy Equipment Operator

$60,828 AVG

Ever drive past a worksite and wish you could take a bulldozer for a test drive?

As a heavy equipment operator, you will learn how to safely use this type of equipment to move construction materials, dirt and other heavy objects at construction sites. This occupation operates equipment that clears and grades land to prepare it for construction of roads, buildings and bridges, as well as airport runways, power generation facilities, dams, levees and other structures.

Education: Technical School, Community College, Registered Apprenticeship Program, and Industry Training Program

Qualifications: Mechanical aptitude, experience operating mobile equipment (such as farm tractors), hand-eye-foot coordination. A commercial driver’s license is often needed to haul equipment to various jobsites.

Glazier

$47,480 AVG

The glass is always cleaner on the other side….oh wait, or is it? Hmm maybe I’m thinking of something else…

Glaziers are true artisans who work with glass as their mediums. They select, cut, install, replace and remove residential, commercial and artistic glass. Glaziers use a variety of tools including glazing knives, saws, drills, grinders, putty and glazing compounds. They must work as a team when guiding and installing glass for large buildings.

Education: Technical School, Community College, Registered Apprenticeship Program, and Industry Training Program

Qualifications: A glazier must have the ability to mold and manipulate objects while paying attention to detail. Balance and hand-eye coordination are a must when working on ladders and scaffolds.

HVAC Technician

$62,472 AVG

Do you prefer to work one-on-one and help people with their problems? As an HVAC technician, you'll have unique skills that you can use to serve others.

HVAC Technicians are always piecing things together as they install, maintain and repair heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Can’t decide between a career in mechanical systems or electronics? HVAC covers it all! Motors, compressors, pumps, fans, thermostats and computerized switches control systems in residential, commercial and industrial structures. Technicians can also specialize in specific equipment, such as hydronics (water-based heating systems), solar panels or commercial refrigeration.

Education: Technical School, Community College, Registered Apprenticeship Program, and Industry Training Program

Qualifications: In New York State, HVAC technicians and contractors are required to meet city-specific licensing or certification requirements since there are no state-wide licenses available. Mechanical and mathematical aptitude are, also needed.

Ironworker

$60,060 AVG

If you are looking for an exciting career where you can balance from the top of a brand new skyscraper, then ironworking is for you.

Ironworkers place and install iron or steel girders, columns and other construction materials to form the infrastructure all around us. Ironworkers must always be paying attention to details to check vertical and horizontal alignment.

Education: Technical School, Community College, Registered Apprenticeship Program, and Industry Training Program

Qualifications: Good hand-eye coordination, physical dexterity, good balance and agility, mechanical and mathematic aptitude. Welder certification is very helpful in this field, as well.

Mason

$56,784 AVG

Looking to build something that will last the test of time?

Brickmasons, blockmasons and stonemasons use bricks, concrete blocks and natural stones to build attractive, durable surfaces and structures. These craft professionals have created buildings, walls and roads for thousands of years and will continue to do so long into the future.

Education: Technical School, Community College, Registered Apprenticeship Program, and Industry Training Program

Qualifications: Strong work ethic, dependability, and basic math skills.

Painter

$41,840 AVG

Have an eye for colors, textures, and tones? Perhaps you’re a bit of a perfectionist?

Painters are responsible for choosing and applying just the right paint or colors to buildings and industrial structures. This career path ranges from industrial spray painters who apply coatings to prevent deterioration to decorative artisans who create faux finishes.

Education: Technical School, Community College, Registered Apprenticeship Program, and Industry Training Program

Qualifications: Good manual dexterity, vision, and color sense, as well as physical stamina and balance. For industrial painting, a certification from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) may be necessary.

Pipefitter

$62,697 AVG

Are you a little bit of a perfectionist? Do you enjoy reading plans and making something useful?

Pipefitters plan and install detailed pipe systems for commercial and industrial projects. These pipes may carry water, chemicals or gases to the crucial building systems. Pipefitters use many tools to cut and bend pipes to exact specifications.

Education: Technical School, Community College, Registered Apprenticeship Program, and Industry Training Program

Qualifications: Ability to solve complex problems using reasoning and advanced math. Pipefitters should also be familiar with general mechanics and how various materials fit together.

Plumber

$59,627 AVG

Plumbing contractors are one of the highest paid contractors. It's a skill you keep and use for life.

Plumbers do much more than fix sinks and toilets in residential homes. They design and install piping systems that distribute water and remove waste from buildings, and connect heating and cooling systems. Plumbers have to be knowledgeable in water distribution, blueprint reading, local ordinances and regulations, mathematics, mechanical drawing, physics, welding and soldering.

Education: Technical School, Community College, Registered Apprenticeship Program, and Industry Training Program

Qualifications: In most parts of the United States, plumbers must be licensed before they may work independently, which requires 2 to 5 years of experience and passing a written examination.

Construction Manager

$93,810 AVG

Do others seek your guidance to complete group assignments or project-based tasks?

Construction managers are essential to completing projects on time and on budget. Their duties can include planning, coordinating, budgeting and supervising construction projects from development to completion. Construction managers usually spend most of their time on site where they monitor projects and make daily decisions about construction activities.

Education: Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Project Management Certification.

Qualifications: Communication skills, developing ideas and time management are key contributors with being a construction manager.

Roofer

$42,780 AVG

Reach for the sky!

Roofers use a variety of materials to build roofs and cover structures such as houses, malls and hospitals. The materials used are shingles, asphalt, wood and aluminum. They perform routine inspections and maintenance on a building’s roof and determine the best repair procedures. Safety procedures and proper personal protective equipment is key to perform these tasks.

Education: Technical School, Community College, Registered Apprenticeship Program, and Industry Training Program.

Qualifications: Balance and hand-eye coordination, being comfortable with heights is a must when working on roofs and climbing ladders.

Welder

$71,067 AVG

Do you get a kick out of watching sparks fly on the Fourth of July? Choose a career in welding and watch them fly every day!

Welders join objects together by applying heat or pressure. Skilled welders have a thorough knowledge of welding principals and metals. They use blueprints and drawings to build anything from ships to cars to bridges. Welders play a crucial role in maintaining a variety of power plants and have the opportunity to travel throughout the year.

Education: Technical School, Community College, Registered Apprenticeship Program, and Industry Training Program.

Qualifications: Some welding positions require general certifications, or certifications in specific skills such as inspection or robotic welding. The American Welding Society certification courses are widely used throughout the United States.