The Careers

Because of Nevada’s fast-paced growth, the construction industry is quickly becoming the largest employer in our state.

With the need for new schools, hospitals, housing and other commercial buildings only going up, the industry is going to need more and more quality workers to get all of the work done. Estimates are that over the course of the next several years, Nevada will hire over 35,000 people in the skilled trades. But the opportunities don’t end there. From skilled trade workers to designers, management positions and support staff, permanent, well-paying construction careers exist in all areas of the industry.

Data sourced from NCIS.

Bricklayers and Stonemasons

Earn: $33,510 – $51,190

Employment: 474

10-Year Growth: 104.4%

Annual Openings: 55

In a typical work setting, bricklayers and stonemasons:

  • Often work as part of a team.
  • Nearly always work outdoors, unless they are installing a fireplace or industrial furnace indoors.
  • Work in a competitive atmosphere. Contractors often compete for jobs.
  • May work only during good weather, since many work outside.
Carpenters

Earn: $48,620

Employment: 10,353

10-Year Growth: 48.8%

Annual Openings: 633

In a typical work setting, carpenters:

  • Have face-to-face discussions daily with other workers on the construction project.
  • Mostly work outdoors. They sometimes work indoors without heating or air conditioning.
  • Must be very exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Errors could cause serious injuries if the structures were not constructed properly.
  • May work longer hours during the summer when the weather is good.
Cement Masons

Earn: $41,120

Employment: 1,200

10-Year Growth: 87%

Annual Openings: 119

In a typical work setting, cement masons:

  • Have a medium level of social interaction. They interact with coworkers and clients, but also work alone.
  • Often are exposed to contaminants, such as chemicals from uncured concrete.
  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could require that jobs be redone.
  • Schedules may vary depending on the availability of work and the weather.
Construction and Well Drillers

Earn: $56,630

Employment: 984

10-Year Growth: 1.2%

Annual Openings: 27

In a typical work setting, construction and well drillers:

  • Have a medium level of contact with others.
  • Almost always work outdoors. They infrequently spend time in offices.
  • Must keep up with the speed of the equipment and machinery.
  • May travel to work sites. Some companies have international sites as well as those in the U.S.
Construction Helpers

Earn: $27,340 – $33,630

Employment: 950

10-Year Growth: 74.5%

Annual Openings: 87

In a typical work setting, construction helpers:

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They get instructions from supervisors, but often work alone.
  • Often wear gloves, hard hats, safety goggles, and ear plugs.
  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could result in lost time and materials.
  • May work only during seasons when weather permits construction.
Construction Managers

Earn: $76,060

Employment: 4,049

10-Year Growth: 36.4%

Annual Openings: 211

In a typical work setting, construction managers:

  • Have a high level of social contact. They work with owners, trade contractors, architects, and other design professionals.
  • Sometimes work indoors in an office, or outdoors at a construction site.
  • Are highly accurate in performing their job. This is very important because they maintain the schedule and budget for the construction project. Errors may have serious financial and safety consequences.
  • Must be “on-call,” often 24 hours a day.
Cost Estimators

Earn: $54,810

Employment: 1,753

10-Year Growth: 60%

Annual Openings: 161

In a typical work setting, cost estimators:

  • Work as part of a team. This is very important because they may work with several teams at one time, such as management, design, or construction.
  • Mostly work indoors. However, cost estimators often inspect construction sites.
  • Must be very exact and highly accurate in their estimates. Errors can be costly and can affect the success of projects.
  • May work 40 to 50 hours per week, depending on project timelines.
Crane and Tower Operators

Earn: $63,060

Employment: 276

10-Year Growth: 68.5%

Annual Openings: 29

In a typical work setting, crane and tower operators:

  • Are significantly responsible for the health and safety of other workers.
  • Nearly always work outdoors, but may on occasion work indoors. Temperatures may vary due to weather.
  • Must allow the work pace to be set by the speed of the equipment.
  • Schedules may vary with weather.
Drafters

Earn: $44,310 – $57,550

Employment: 1,315

10-Year Growth: 22.8%

Annual Openings: 46

In a typical work setting, drafters:

  • Have a medium level of job-required social interaction. Drafters work with customers and coworkers.
  • Almost always work indoors. May occasionally work outdoors to take measurements for buildings or utility systems.
  • Must be sure jobs are done accurately and thoroughly. Errors could seriously endanger the users of structures or products.
  • May work more than 40 hours a week to meet deadlines.
Drywall Finishers

Earn: $40,210

Employment: 354

10-Year Growth: 61.3%

Annual Openings: 25

In a typical work setting, drywall finishers:

  • Have a low to medium level of social contact. Finishers may talk to installers in person or on the telephone for brief periods, but work alone most of the time.
  • Often are exposed to contaminants, such as dust or fumes from joint compounds.
  • Repeat the same physical tasks.
  • May work less in the winter when construction slows down.
Drywall Installers

Earn: $39,870

Employment: 967

10-Year Growth: 60%

Annual Openings: 67

In a typical work setting, drywall installers:

  • Have a low level of social contact. Installers talk to supervisors and coworkers for short periods, but spend most of their time alone.
  • Often work indoors, although work sites may not have air conditioning or heating.
  • Must fully complete and be exact in their work. Errors could slow down projects if they have to redo their work.
  • May work less in the winter when construction jobs slow down.
Electrician Helpers

Earn: $32,940

Employment: 259

10-Year Growth: 65.3%

Annual Openings: 21

In a typical work setting, electrician helpers:

  • Have a moderately high level of social interaction. They spend most of their time working with an electrician.
  • Work in high places on a regular basis. They may climb ladders or scaffolding, or work on roofs.
  • Must fully complete and be exact in their work. Errors could cause serious injuries to themselves or others.
  • Frequently travel to new job sites.
Electricians

Earn: $56,420

Employment: 4,452

10-Year Growth: 39.1%

Annual Openings: 258

In a typical work setting, electricians:

  • Have a moderately high level of social contact. They explain tasks to helpers, but also work alone a lot of the time.
  • Work both indoors and outdoors. While outside, they are often undercover. They nearly always work without heating or air conditioning.
  • Must fully complete and be exact in their work. Errors could cause serious injuries to themselves or others.
  • Usually work 40 hours per week.
Elevator Installers and Repairers

Earn: Data not available

Employment: 111

10-Year Growth: 50.5%

Annual Openings: 8

In a typical work setting, elevator installers and repairers:

  • Have a high level of responsibility for the health and safety of the people who use the elevators they work on.
  • Are exposed to hazardous conditions on a daily basis, such as unfinished building sites.
  • Must fully complete and be exact in their work so that elevators function properly. Errors could seriously injure passengers if the elevator were to fall.
  • Travel to different sites to install or repair elevators.
Explosives Workers

Earn: $58,530

Employment: 518

10-Year Growth: 7.7%

Annual Openings: 18

In a typical work setting, explosives workers:

  • Are substantially responsible for the safety of others on the work site.
  • Are constantly exposed to hazardous conditions.
  • Must be very exact and be sure all details are done. Errors could seriously injure themselves and other workers.
  • May travel to work sites outside their local area.
Fence Builders

Earn: $41,930

Employment: 184

10-Year Growth: 58.7%

Annual Openings: 15

In a typical work setting, fence builders:

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They communicate mostly by phone or face-to-face discussions.
  • Always work outdoors.
  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could cause fences to be less sturdy than expected.
  • Usually work eight-hour shifts, though longer hours are also common.
Floor and Carpet Layers

Earn: $43,060 – $44,300

Employment: 908

10-Year Growth: 30.4%

Annual Openings: 43

In a typical work setting, floor and carpet layers:

  • Communicate daily by telephone and in-person.
  • Nearly always work indoors. Depending on the location, the temperature may not be controlled.
  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could cost the company money in wasted materials.
  • Usually work regular business hours. Overtime may be necessary for especially difficult jobs.
General Construction Workers

Earn: $36,650

Employment: 7,618

10-Year Growth: 30.4%

Annual Openings: 579

In a typical work setting, general construction workers:

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They usually interact with other workers on the job.
  • Daily wear gloves, hard hats, safety goggles, or ear plugs, depending on the job.
  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could result in serious safety hazards.
  • Usually work eight-hour shifts, though longer hours are also common.
Glaziers

Earn: $39,050

Employment: 455

10-Year Growth: 77.1%

Annual Openings: 46

In a typical work setting, glaziers:

  • Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Always wear protective or safety attire such as gloves and glasses.
  • Must fully complete and be exact in their work. Improperly installed windows can be unsafe or let in outside air.
  • Usually work 40 hours per week.
Heating and Cooling Mechanics

Earn: $56,460

Employment: 2108

10-Year Growth: 38.8%

Annual Openings: 135

In a typical work setting, heating and cooling mechanics:

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They speak with others to learn what to do, but also spend time working alone.
  • Work both indoors and outdoors. Air conditioning units are often located outside, while furnaces are usually located indoors.
  • Must be exact in their work. Errors could cause injury or property damage.
  • Usually work 40 hours per week.
Insulation Installers

Earn: $35,510 – $57,250

Employment: Data not available

10-Year Growth: Data not available

Annual Openings: Data not available

In a typical work setting, insulation installers:

  • Have a medium level of job-required social contact.
  • Are regularly exposed to contaminants, such as tiny particles from insulation materials.
  • Must be sure that all details of the job are done so that their work meets building codes.
  • Usually work a regular 40-hour week.
Landscapers and Groundskeepers

Earn: $23,440 – $33,000

Employment: 10,615

10-Year Growth: 9.6%

Annual Openings: 370

In a typical work setting, landscapers and groundskeepers:

  • Have a medium level of social interaction. They speak with supervisors or customers, but also spend time alone.
  • Often work outdoors.
  • Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done so that customers are happy with their work.
  • May work part time or full time.
Line Installers and Repairers

Earn: $44,980 – $80,360

Employment: 1,927

10-Year Growth: 18.6%

Annual Openings: 91

In a typical work setting, line installers and repairers:

  • Have a medium to high level of social contact. They talk mainly with coworkers, but also with customers.
  • Often work outdoors, but may on occasion work indoors.
  • Must be sure that all details of the job are done and their work is very exact. Errors could seriously endanger the safety of workers.
  • Often work a regular 40-hour week, although emergencies may require overtime.
Material Moving Machine Operators

Earn: $31,630 – $46,140

Employment: 500

10-Year Growth: 26.2%

Annual Openings: 22

In a typical work setting, material moving machine operators:

  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of other workers.
  • Nearly always work outdoors. Conveyor operators, however, often work indoors.
  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could cause serious safety hazards.
  • Usually work a standard 40-hour week.
Mechanic and Repairer Helpers

Earn: $29,520

Employment: 994

10-Year Growth: 18.1%

Annual Openings: 48

In a typical work setting, mechanic and repairer helpers:

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They often work closely with mechanics.
  • Often work indoors, but may sometimes work outdoors. They may also travel to and from work sites in a car or van.
  • Must be sure their work is exact. Errors could damage equipment or cause safety hazards.
  • Usually work a standard 40-hour week.
Operating Engineers and Construction Equipment Operators

Earn: $54,170

Employment: 2,094

10-Year Growth: 134.2%

Annual Openings: 118

In a typical work setting, operating engineers and construction equipment operators:

  • Have a medium level of social interaction. They interact with other operators and supervisors to ensure safety and receive directions.
  • Usually work outdoors at construction sites.
  • Must pace their work by the speed of the equipment or machinery.
  • May not work for periods of time due to poor weather conditions or low construction activity.
Painters - Construction and Maintenance

Earn: $42,810

Employment: 3,429

10-Year Growth: 45.7%

Annual Openings: 209

In a typical work setting, painters:

  • Have a low level of job-required social contact. They usually work alone.
  • Are regularly exposed to contaminants such as paint removers.
  • Must be sure all details are done and their work is exact so that customers are satisfied.
  • Usually work 40 hours a week.
Paving Equipment Operators

Earn: $58,410

Employment: 773

10-Year Growth: 37.8%

Annual Openings: 40

In a typical work setting, paving equipment operators:

  • Have a medium level of job-required social contact. They work with others most of the time.
  • Nearly always work outdoors.
  • Must allow the work pace to be set by the speed of the paving equipment.
  • Generally do not have a set schedule each week. Their schedules depend on the weather, and availability of work.
Pipelayers

Earn: $44,420

Employment: 168

10-Year Growth: 33.3%

Annual Openings: 8

In a typical work setting, pipelayers:

  • Have a low level of job-required social contact. They work alone most of the time.
  • Nearly always work outdoors, but may on occasion work indoors.
  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could result in health or sanitation problems.
  • Usually work a regular 40-hour week.
Plasterers

Earn: $38,620

Employment: 845

10-Year Growth: 56.4%

Annual Openings: 52

In a typical work setting, plasterers:

  • Usually work as part of a team.
  • Are sometimes exposed to high places while working on scaffolds.
  • Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done so that customers are happy with their work.
  • Occasionally work more than 40 hours per week to complete a job.
Plumbers and Pipefitters

Earn: $48,530

Employment: 2,083

10-Year Growth: 44.5%

Annual Openings: 119

In a typical work setting, plumbers and pipefitters:

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They often work alone, but also talk to supervisors and customers.
  • Work both indoors and outdoors. Plumbers may spend more time indoors. Outdoors sites may be covered.
  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could have serious consequences for the safety of workers.
  • Usually work a schedule set by conditions such as weather, length of contract, or the demands of a project.
Roofers

Earn: $38,630

Employment: 1,202

10-Year Growth: 67.8%

Annual Openings: 107

In a typical work setting, roofers:

  • Are substantially responsible for the health and safety of other workers and clients.
  • Always work outdoors.
  • Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Errors could result in roof leaks or injuries to roofers.
  • Usually work all year, except in northern states.
Sheet Metal Workers

Earn: $43,180

Employment: 1,213

10-Year Growth: 37.3%

Annual Openings: 68

In a typical work setting, sheet metal workers:

  • Have a high level of social interaction.
  • Work indoors and outdoors.
  • Must be very exact in their work. Errors could result in serious injuries.
  • Generally have a set schedule each week.
Structural Metal Workers

Earn: $37,690 – $81,660

Employment: 818

10-Year Growth: 73.5%

Annual Openings: 89

In a typical work setting, structural metal workers:

  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of other workers.
  • Work both outdoors and indoors. Workers at construction sites often work outdoors. Fabrication workers usually work indoors in shops.
  • Must be sure that all details of the job are done and their work is very exact. Errors or omissions could seriously endanger the safety of workers. Errors could also make structures unsafe to use.
  • Usually work a regular 40-hour week.
Surveying and Mapping Technicians

Earn: $57,560

Employment: 208

10-Year Growth: 7.7%

Annual Openings: 6

In a typical work setting, surveying and mapping technicians:

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They talk to other team members, but also spend time alone analyzing data.
  • Work both indoors and outdoors. Mapping technicians work indoors most of the time.
  • Must be very exact and highly accurate in their work. A mistake on a survey or a map can be very expensive.
  • Generally work 40 hours per week.
Tile Setters

Earn: $37,470

Employment: 744

10-Year Growth: 57.3%

Annual Openings: 56

In a typical work setting, tile setters:

  • Have a medium level of social interaction. They meet with clients, but usually work alone.
  • Work both indoors and outdoors. Indoor work is usually done in unfinished buildings that do not have heat or air conditioning.
  • Must be very exact in their work so that tile patterns match and the job looks professional.
  • Generally do not have a set schedule each week. Their schedules depend on the weather, and availability of work.
Weatherization Installers and Technicians

Earn: $39,040

Employment: 326

10-Year Growth: 14.4%

Annual Openings: 11

In a typical work setting, weatherization installers and technicians:

  • Have a medium to high level of social interaction. They talk to clients throughout the day, but do have time alone during installation.
  • Wear specialized protective and safety gear on a daily basis.
  • Must be exact when performing the job. Errors can impact the efficiency of client homes.
  • Usually work a set schedule.