Thinking About A Career Change?

5 Reasons Why You Should Join the Building Industry

Why stay in a job where you’re unhappy? If you’ve been considering a change, you can’t go wrong with a move to the building industry. Its diversity and stability are just some of its draw cards.

Diverse Range of Roles

The building industry is a large one covering a diverse range of roles. Depending on what things you enjoy doing, there’s sure to be a role for you. Jobs range from hands on ones like carpentry, plumbing and electrical to administration roles like supervisors and site managers. There’s also plenty of scope to move between roles. You may start out on the tools then move up to an office position or you may start out your own business in a trade.

Solid Job Prospects and Job Stability

According to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the construction industry is the third largest in Australia for the number of people it employs and its contribution to the economy. In 2019 the Construction industry proved it was booming with over 1.15 million people employed. Despite fears to the contrary, it maintained its strong employment record through the Covid period, faring better than many other industries. With government initiatives like the wage subsidy boost for those in the construction industry, job prospects in the industry look to remain favourable. Or if you’re a man or a women looking for job security, construction is a good choice.

“In 2019 the Construction industry proved it was booming with over 1.15 million people employed.”


Wages in construction vary greatly depending on experience and location, but people working in the industry are usually well paid. More importantly though, there is great scope for an increase in wages. More experience and extra qualifications are just two factors which provide potential to earn more. Many trades people are also able to branch out and start their own businesses which gives them a greater opportunity for wage growth. Construction can be a lucrative career prospect for those who have bigger goals.

Stay Active Physically and Mentally

Many jobs in construction also allow you the opportunity to stay active, which is a better health choice. Trades in particular, do a great deal of physical activity, so you can get your daily workout and earn a living at the same time. Construction is also well suited to those who don’t want a boring occupation. No construction job is the same as another. You’re always dealing with a myriad of people and challenges, so your mind stays active too. There are no boring days in construction!

Work Anywhere

Even though each state has its own laws and regulations about building, the fundamental skills you learn when doing a trade or some other job in construction is the same no matter where you live. So changing to a career in the construction industry could also open up a whole world of possibility in terms of travel, and living and working in different parts of the country. Trades people and site managers are in high demand, especially in remote areas, so this provides you with additional avenues for employment and an increase in wages.

2020 was an interesting year for most of us. And for some, it was a chance to really consider the importance of being in a job that makes us happy and contributes something to society. Construction can deliver both those things.

What Are The Next Steps?

The CPC40120 – Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) is the perfect course to get started with. It is also available via our Virtual Classroom. Some career pathways from this course include:

Feel free to give us a call on 9399 9511 and one of our Course Advisors can help find the course for you.

Trade Institute of Victoria has a number of courses available that can help you to make the transition to the construction industry. Contact us today to find out how you can get started.


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