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Career Pathways

California's construction industry is filled with dynamic, unique career opportunities whether you earn a 4-year degree or start working after high school. Find a path that's right for you.

Top careers

  • Build California - Carpenters

    $36/hour +


    Carpenters

    Build, install, and repair structures made of wood, steel, and concrete.

    Demand through 2026: Extreme

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  • $36/hour +


    Cement Masons

    Lay, bind, and finish structures and surfaces using concrete.

    Demand through 2026: High

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  • Build California - Electricians

    $42/hour +


    Electricians

    Install and repair electrical wiring that provides power to homes and businesses.

    Demand through 2026: High

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  • Build California - Laborers

    $30/hour +


    Laborers

    Provide the physical strength and support to take a construction project from start to finish.

    Demand through 2026: Extreme

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  • Build California - Operators

    $45/hour +


    Operating Engineers

    Drive and control heavy machinery used to construct roads, bridges, buildings, and other structures.

    Demand through 2026: Steady

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  • Build California - Ironworkers

    $41/hour +


    Ironworkers

    Weld, cut, fabricate, and reinforce iron and steel to form the framework of buildings, bridges, and other structures.

    Demand through 2026: Steady

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All careers

  • Build California * Learn a trade

    $47/hour +


    Estimators

    Calculate the time, money, materials, and labor required for a construction project.

    Demand through 2026: Steady

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  • Build California * Learn a trade

    $37/hour +


    Plumbers/Pipefitters

    Plan, install, and repair pipelines that carry liquid, steam, or air.

    Demand through 2026: High

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  • Build California * Learn a trade

    $32/hour +


    Project Managers

    Plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise building projects from start to finish.

    Demand through 2026: High

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  • Build California * Learn a trade

    $62/hour +


    Safety Managers

    Develop and evaluate safety procedures that help protect people and property on jobsites.

    Demand through 2026: Steady

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  • Build California * Learn a trade

    $35/hour +


    Sheet Metal Workers

    Measure, saw, weld, and bend pieces of sheet metal for buildings and ventilation equipment.

    Demand through 2026: Steady

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  • Build California * Learn a trade

    $78/hour +


    Software Engineers

    Develop computer software and apps used in the design and management of construction projects.

    Demand through 2026: Steady

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