As with every career or job choice, there comes with a predetermined set of myths or misconceptions. While some are more outrageous than others, most of them tend to hover in the realm of fiction. When it comes to the construction industry, there are certain myths that are constantly iterated. Here are few we’d like to debunk, but please feel free to share others you might come across quite frequently.
Construction is for those who don’t go to college or have an education
For whatever reason, there’s the misconception that you can simply walk onto a construction site and start working. In fact, most construction workers have some type of college degree or education. In the construction industry, there are employers who pay for their employees to receive continual training and education. If you have any goals or achieving a high-level job, you will most certainly need a formal education to attain that level of growth.
There’s no room for growth, you’ll always stay at the bottom
Speaking of growth, there is another myth that construction workers can’t growth within the company or within the industry. That’s simply not true. Construction is a multi-billion dollar industry showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Regardless of your field, there are opportunities far and wide. Take for example that the average salary for a project manager in the construction industry is over $82,000. If you work hard and continually learn and acquire reputable skills and assets, there will alway be room for growth.
Dangerous conditions and dirty work atmosphere
Once again, those who are outside of the construction industry assume that construction workers enter work with a solid chance of getting seriously injured. While that may technically be true, there are precautions, protocol, and preventative procedures in places so that this rarely occurs. The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that every year since 2006 fatal work injuries have decreased. People aren’t walking on metal beams like tightropes or using a jackhammer with no helmet or earplugs.