Architecture and Construction

At the end of the day, if you like to step back and really see what you’ve done. You may be perfect for a career in construction. Whether you are outdoors building the skyline, or inside adding the finishing touches to a project, a career in construction provides an opportunity to create, rejuvenate and develop new buildings and infrastructure.

Career Pathways

Requires on-the-job training, work experience, and/or a high school diploma
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Drywall and Ceiling Title Installer $11.05
Helper-Installation Maintenance & Repair Worker $12.78
Electrician Helper $14.16
Construction Laborer $14.21
Roofer $17.46
Carpenter $18.59
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Plumber, Pipefitter, Steamfitter $22.86
Electrician $23.12
First Line Supervisor of Construction Workers $26.89
Engineering Technician $32.93
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Environmental Engineer $45.46
Electrical Engineer $53.17
Architectural and Engineering Manager $60.80

Training Pathways

Middle and high school career or career academy programs
Training Programs Institution
Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology Okaloosa Technical College & CHOICE High School
Building Construction Technologies Okaloosa Technical College & CHOICE High School
Carpentry Baker School
Carpentry Okaloosa Technical College & CHOICE High School
Carpentry Laurel High School
Carpentry Pryor Middle School
Electricity Okaloosa Technical College & CHOICE High School
Electricity Crestview High School
Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution
AC Refrigeration and Heating Technician Okaloosa Technical College
Advanced Welding Okaloosa Technical College
Architectural Design and Construction Technology Northwest Florida State College
Building Trades and Construction Design Technician Okaloosa Technical College
Carpentry Okaloosa Technical College
Electrician Okaloosa Technical College
Engineering Technology Maintenance Technician Specialist Northwest Florida State College
Engineering Technology Mechanical Design and Fabrication Specialist Northwest Florida State College
Project Management – Technology Management Northwest Florida State College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution
Building Construction University of West Florida
Electrical Engineering University of West Florida
Mechanical Engineering University of West Florida

IMPORTANT: In each potential pathway, the ability to transfer credits from one program level to the next is dependent on a variety of factors. Statewide articulation agreements may assist in these efforts but are not available for all potential career pathways. Ongoing guidance from academic career advisors and supervisors throughout your education and training pathway is recommended.

Note: Entrepreneurial skills are frequently incorporated in different Career Pathways programs to help students prepare to launch and contribute to successful enterprises of all types.

*Salary information source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics. The final education and wage rate is the decision of the hiring employer.

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