Becoming a contractor is a dream job for some. But when you set out to decide exactly what type of contract work you enjoy the most, you’ll find yourself confronted with a variety of disciplines.
Are your skills best suited to frame houses? Or are you more inclined to enjoy masonry work? Are you interested in a lifelong career of plumbing? Or are you a genius with electronics and think you’d be best suited for electrical work?
These are all questions that you need to ask yourself and become clear on before you can choose a viable career path.
If you’re just starting out as a contractor, or if you’re about to get your contractor license, you’re going to find that though there are many disciplines and required educational programs that might interest you, you’ll need to focus on learning one field at a time.
Here, we’ll explore a few different fields that you can choose from when beginning your contracting career.
We all need a little structure in our lives. But literally speaking, we all need structures to live in and to work from.
Construction contractors build our homes, schools, business spaces, and recreation facilities. And no matter what type of building you look at in the modern age, it was a contractor or a team of contractors who made that building.
If you’re into building structures, or if engineering, reading blueprints and drafting them excite you, then construction work might be your best option. In fact, many veteran contractors got their start as general laborers on construction sites, and this valuable job experience enabled them to reach the positions that they hold today.
Construction work can take you to many locations around your state and the country. And all you need to do is have a love for the work and the skill to get the jobs done.
Before you can build a structure, you have to have a solid foundation. And no, this isn’t a slogan from a recruiting poster. It’s a simple fact of engineering and a principle of building.
Concrete contractors are often the first workers on a job site. And this is just as true for home building as it is for building skyscrapers. You might also be surprised that those who do concrete work or provide concrete resurfacing services, get paid a nice wage, and this affords them a comfortable living.
But concrete work is nothing to turn your nose up at. This is hard work, and it’s perhaps one of the more labor-intensive jobs around.
If you’re interested in being well-versed in the arts of masonry and foundation building, then concrete work might just be the perfect fit for you.
A plumbing contractor has to work alongside both those who lay foundations and those who build structures. Additionally, as a plumber, you also need to have a little basic knowledge about how electrical work is applied throughout a structure.
All this being said, plumbers do a job that requires a great deal of skill, knowledge, and planning, as you have to know where certain features of the home are in order to effectively lay plumbing groundwork.
The thing about plumbing is, it’s often a dirty job and it comes along with a lot of additional duties that you might not think of at the outset of a plumbing career.
This doesn’t mean that you’re going to be constantly fixing toilets, but you may need to learn how to run a backhoe or other heavy equipment in order to dig to proper depths to place piping and other hardware.
Aside from the three disciplines listed above, there are also numerous other contracting disciplines that you can look into. Many of these might interest you, and there’s certainly no harm in diversifying your skills to become a more valuable employee.