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Building and construction careers

Have you considered the diverse range of employment opportunities in the building and construction industry?

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February 9, 2017

Building and construction jobs are often associated with bricklayers and carpenters, and while these trades make up a significant part of the industry, there are other positions which are just as essential.

Building and construction jobs involve more than what you see on site, in fact, there’s a role for everyone in residential and commercial industries, ranging from office environments to on-site practical roles.

If trades aren’t your forte, there are many other well-paid career opportunities in the industry which maybe you haven’t considered. Here is a list of other building and construction jobs that are available:


Estimators within the building and construction industry are responsible for working out how much a project will cost and developing budgets accordingly. This involves assessing the labour, material and equipment required for projects, and analysing quotes from suppliers and subcontractors.

According to Hays Salary Guide, professionals in the residential building industry earn between $90,000 and $120,000. Professionals within the commercial construction industry earn between $90,000 and $150,000.

Site Manager

Site Managers oversee and manage the day-to-day construction of building projects. Prior to the commencement of construction work, they are employed to plan projects, ensuring that they meet specifications, budgets and timescales, and to oversee the building work.

Site Managers in the residential industry earn an average annual salary of $110,0000-$150,000. In the commercial industry, Site Managers, also known as Construction Managers, earn between $170,000 to $250,000.

Contract Administrator

Contract Administrators are responsible for administering building and construction contracts with customers, partners, vendors or employees. A Contract Administrators priority is to ensure that parties employ due diligence to comply with the obligations of the contract whilst ensuring customer satisfaction and minimising disputes.

The average salary for a Contract Administrator in the residential industry is between $75,000 and $85,000 per year. Commercial Contract Administrators can earn up to $150,000 per year, with salaries starting at $120,000.

Interested in developing your career in building and construction? Whether you’re starting out in the industry or you want to progress in your career, get in touch with LTT and talk to us about our range of courses.