Construction & Extraction Occupations

Employment of construction and extraction occupations is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, a gain of about 747,600 new jobs. 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 all construction and extraction occupations was $44,730 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.

Many of these jobs require a high school diploma or equivalent and a formal apprenticeship program.

Electricians
What do they do? - Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.

How do I get started? - Visit Workforce West Virginia to find an office near you, or check out the Community & Technical College System additional apprentice information at WV Apprenticeships
Pipefitters
What do they do? - Layout, assemble, install, or maintain pipe systems, pipe supports, or related hydraulic or pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling, or industrial production or processing systems.

How do I get started? - Visit Workforce West Virginia to find an office near you, or check out the Community & Technical College System additional apprentice information at WV Apprenticeships.