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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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  • Cement Mason - Build California

    $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 - Carpenters

    $36/hour +


    Carpenters:

    Commercial carpenters build and finish walls and ceilings in hospitals, malls, schools, and stadiums using concrete forms and metal stud framing.

    Industrial carpenters assemble scaffolding or bracing and build forms for tunnels, bridges, dams, and power plants.

    Residential carpenters construct, fix, and renovate walls, floors, and frames in homes and apartments.

    Demand through 2026: Extreme

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  • 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 - Carpenters

    $30/hour +


    Laborers:

    They work through all phases of construction from pouring concrete and moving earth, to operating power tools, and applying finishing touches. Laborers are in high-demand on highway and transportation projects, and residential or commercial sites across the state.

    Demand through 2026: Extreme

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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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