Careers in Building Construction Review

“This book provides a compact resource for examining the many career possibilities in building construction. Readers will learn general information about this growing and changing sector, as well as more targeted information regarding specific jobs. Particular mention is made of “green” construction and its emphasis on sustainability, energy efficiency, and environmental awareness.

Alphabetically arranged chapters guide readers through 26 diverse jobs, such as brickmason, electrician, plumber, surveyor, and landscape architect. Within each chapter, readers will find ample and varied information detailing specific work duties, the expected work environment, occupation specialties (a heavy-equipment operator may specialize in a particular vehicle, e.g., a crawler-tractor, scraper, or fine-grade bulldozer), educational requirements, earnings and advancement potential, and much more. The use of bullet points, shaded sidebars, tables, and photographs make the material easy to navigate. Some special features include “Fun Facts,” "Famous Firsts,” projected employment trends, interviews with professionals, and a listing of applicable organizations readers can consult for further information.

Appendixes explain the Holland Code, which provides a useful tool to help potential job seekers match their personalities with career possibilities, and provide a bibliography.

Compiled in a positive, straightforward manner, this book will appeal to young readers just beginning to considering their career path or even older readers mulling a shift into this job sector. An index makes for quick searching for those interested in a particular career.”
—ARBA Staff Reviewer