Myths About the Construction Industry


August, 2017


Construction jobs are for those who can’t get jobs elsewhere, and anyone can get a job in construction.

Not only is this myth untrue, it’s just insulting. People do not go into construction because they have no better options. Construction workers are considered skilled tradesman. Many construction workers choose this field for many of its attractive features: it pays well with regular hours, has generous overtime pay, you never work holidays, and it allows the opportunity to create something that you will be able to see for the rest of your life. Construction is a rewarding field, full of new problems to solve, the ability to work hands on, and never a boring day stuck sitting in the office.

Construction workers are poorly-educated

Construction workers probably did well in math, physics, and technical design, and they see all of those fields put to good use in this industry. Many construction workers attend technical colleges to grow in their knowledge. Construction is a job that requires constant learning with all the changes and innovations, so education doesn’t stop after graduation. Many companies do their best to support their employees in continued education.

There’s no way to get ahead in construction.

A popular myth of construction is that there is no room for advancement or promotion in construction. This is also completely untrue. Many construction workers are able to find their ideal level of work and are happy to stay there. But for those that want to get ahead or find a promotion, many companies offer tons of education and training. Construction employees are able to advance by obtaining managerial positions or having enough training to start a business of their own. When you start in the construction field, there is nowhere to go but up.

Working in construction is dirty and dangerous.

It seems that any time a construction worker is portrayed on TV, they are shown covered in dirt and sawdust. But that is always washed off, and any normal construction worker is going to enjoy a shower after a long day on the site.

A more offensive and concerning myth concerns the portrayal of the construction industry as dangerous or hazardous. The truth is, if any construction worker feels like their job is risky, then their construction company does not adhere to safety and health legislation. Any respectable construction company or any company that cares about their clients will take any measure possible to guarantee their employees’ safety. Any company that does not follow safety precautions does not deserve your work. Tons of legislation is in place to protect construction workers’ safety.

Construction workers are just slinging tools.

The construction industry spans much farther than those who actually build the homes and buildings. City and town planners, economists, engineers, and architects are all part of the construction field, and none of these jobs are “simple.” The workers you see building houses are skilled and trained to use innovation and technology in their field. Construction requires far more skills than the ability to use a hammer—you must be able to think outside the box and problem solving on the spot. Not only do construction workers solve problems, they have to solve these problems in the right way—these are real structures that need to stand the tale of time.

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