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Construction and Extraction

By Megainterview Career Coach

Construction & Extraction Occupations


The most recent data of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021) states the following:

Workers in these occupations use various resources to build and repair roads, homes, and other structures.

Overall employment in construction and extraction occupations is projected to grow 4 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations; this increase is expected to result in about 252,900 new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 723,400 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.

Overall growth in the economy and population will increase demand for new buildings, roads, and other structures, which will create new jobs in construction and extraction occupations.

The median annual wage for this group was $48,210 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.


Construction & Extraction Jobs

Below you find a list of positions with a job summary, entry-level education, and median pay level. Each link brings you to a specific job page where you can find more information about the position, and commonly asked interview questions and answers for that job.

OccupationJob SummaryEntry-Level Education2021 Median Pay
BoilermakersBoilermakers assemble, install, maintain, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases.High school diploma or equivalent$64,290
CarpentersCarpenters construct, repair, and install building frameworks and structures made from wood and other materials.High school diploma or equivalent$48,260
Construction and Building InspectorsConstruction and building inspectors ensure that construction meets building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications.High school diploma or equivalent$61,640
Construction Equipment OperatorsConstruction equipment operators drive, maneuver, or control the heavy machinery used to construct roads, buildings and other structures.High school diploma or equivalent$48,290
Construction Laborers and HelpersConstruction laborers and helpers perform many tasks that require physical labor on construction sites.High school diploma or equivalent$37,520
Drywall Installers, Ceiling Tile Installers, and TapersDrywall and ceiling tile installers hang wallboard and install ceiling tile inside buildings. Tapers prepare the wallboard for painting, using tape and other materials.No formal educational credential$48,350
ElectriciansElectricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems.High school diploma or equivalent$60,040
Elevator Installers and RepairersElevator installers and repairers install, maintain, and fix elevators, escalators, moving walkways, and other lifts.High school diploma or equivalent$97,860
Flooring Installers and Tile and Marble SettersFlooring installers and tile and marble setters lay and finish carpet, wood, vinyl, and tile.No formal educational credential$47,310
GlaziersGlaziers install glass in windows, skylights, and other fixtures in buildings.High school diploma or equivalent$47,180
Hazardous Materials Removal WorkersHazardous materials removal workers identify and dispose of harmful substances such as asbestos, lead, and radioactive waste.High school diploma or equivalent$46,300
Insulation WorkersInsulation workers install and replace the materials used to insulate buildings or mechanical systems.No formal educational credential$46,760
IronworkersIronworkers install structural and reinforcing iron and steel to form and support buildings, bridges, and roads.High school diploma or equivalent$57,160
Masonry WorkersMasonry workers use bricks, concrete and concrete blocks, and natural and manmade stones to build structures.No formal educational credential$48,040
Painters, Construction and MaintenancePainters apply paint, stain, and coatings to walls and ceilings, buildings, large machinery and equipment, and bridges and other structures.No formal educational credential$45,590
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and SteamfittersPlumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters install and repair piping fixtures and systems.High school diploma or equivalent$59,880
RoofersRoofers replace, repair, and install the roofs of buildings.No formal educational credential$47,110
Sheet Metal WorkersSheet metal workers fabricate or install products that are made from thin metal sheets.High school diploma or equivalent$53,440
Solar Photovoltaic InstallersSolar photovoltaic (PV) installers assemble, set up, and maintain rooftop or other systems that convert sunlight into energy.High school diploma or equivalent$47,670


Job Interview Topics – Common Job Interview Questions & Answers

Below you can find a list of common job interview topics. Each link will direct you to an article regarding the specific topics that discuss commonly asked interview questions. Furthermore, each article discusses why the interviewer asks these questions and how you answer them!

  1. Accomplishments
  2. Adaptability
  3. Admission
  4. Behavioral
  5. Career Change
  6. Career Goals
  7. Communication
  8. Competency
  9. Conflict Resolution
  10. Creative Thinking
  11. Cultural Fit
  12. Customer Service
  13. Direct
  14. Experience
  15. Government
  16. Graduate
  17. Growth Potential
  18. Honesty & Integrity
  19. Illegal
  20. Inappropriate
  21. Job Satisfaction
  22. Leadership
  23. Management
  24. Entry-Level & No experience
  25. Performance-Based
  26. Personal
  27. Prioritization & Time Management
  28. Problem-solving
  29. Salary
  30. Situational & Scenario-based
  31. Stress Management
  32. Teamwork
  33. Telephone Interview
  34. Tough
  35. Uncomfortable
  36. Work Ethic

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