For most professional careers in construction, preparation begins with a bachelor’s degree. Pursuing a career in any of these professions requires planning and hard work.
In high school, you should:
- Do well in advanced mathematics classes
- Learn to write and speak clearly
- Do well in other courses related to your career interest, such as drafting for architecture, business for construction or financial management, advanced science for engineering
- Take advantage of elective courses such as computer science or building technology
- Maintain good grades in all your classes to make sure you meet college entrance requirements
- Seek information from colleges and universities, and apply to those that offer a program in your desired career area
In a typical 4-year Bachelor’s Program in a construction-related field, you will:
- Complete 1-3 years of advanced math and/or science course
- Sharpen your ability to communicate both verbally and in writing
- Learn to use computers for solving technical and/or management problems
- Choose a major field of study and take special courses related to that field
- Fulfill any general education requirements for graduation
To finance your college education, you may consider:
- Work/study (co-op) or internship programs that may be available.
- Programs in military services that lead to a construction related degree, such as engineering.
- Scholarships offered by colleges, universities or construction related associations.
For more information about professional careers in the construction industry, talk to:
- Your parents
- Your counselor
- Your math, science, and technology teachers
- Construction professionals in your community
- Professional association representatives
- Construction association representatives
- College / university representatives
- A Washtenaw Contractors Association Student Advocate: Call (734) 662-2570