The job of a builder can vary from small fixing jobs to constructing houses and buildings. They may be hired on a per project basis or for a full-time rate depending on their employer. On some cases, they may also gather a pool of workers and accept projects accordingly.
Their usual shift may be anywhere from a day shift to a night shift depending on their project. This is because some projects like road widening and road constructions need to take place at night in order to avoid the impact on people’s daily activities.
Demand may also vary depending on current economic conditions and weather forecasts. Additionally, their client base is also wide since they can cater both for government or public agencies as well as private corporations.
Skills and Qualifications
A builder, first and foremost, needs to be physically fit. They should be strong enough for the demands of the job, especially in being able to carry heavy loads and also using different equipment for the job. They also need to be physically fit and healthy.
Most laborers also prefer workers who have previous experience since these workers already have the initiative to address any challenge or difficulty that may be encountered during execution. Most of the time, these workers are already knowledgeable about alternatives that can be done should an unexpected circumstance occur.
There are also employers who require at least 18 years of age to become eligible for the job. This minimizes any risks and also serves as a gauge of readiness for the person to take on the job.
Once gaining a relative amount of experience, you can take on a much bigger role of overseeing a project or contributing to the project plan. You can also have the responsibility of delegating tasks to other builders and measuring their performance.
Though more physical in nature, there are also training programs available to equip the person in a particular job. These programs consist of both classroom training as well as practical applications in order to make the individual ready for the job. These courses usually take two to four years.
Aside from these, there are also short-term certifications that are available that an individual may be interested in. This includes skills like welding, scaffolding, or even waste removal.
Statistics and Current Market Demand
Reports in 2006 showed that there are over 1.2 million jobs available for builders with a large percentage being under construction companies and situated in urban areas. Currently, 20 percent of workers are self-employed and take projects depending on their preference. Additionally, 30 percent are working for a specific company.
With the current trend, demand for builders is expected to increase by 11 percent within the duration of 2006 to 2016. However, this demand is significantly lower compared to before since most industries are now adopting automation in terms of their processes.
The average salary for a builder is $13.62 per hour for a non-residential construction. On the other hand, employment services are given a salary of USD 9.90 per hour. The former is the highest among the industry while the latter is considered to be the lowest.*
*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov/oco/