Let's Explore Architecture and Construction

Welcome to the Architecture and Construction Pathway

Explore careers that focus on designing, building, and maintaining structures. This pathway prepares students for diverse roles from carpentry to civil engineering, equipping them with the skills necessary to create and sustain our built environment.

Careers Within the Industry

From constructing buildings to creating detailed architectural designs, Architecture and Construction careers offer a wide array of opportunities to make a significant impact on our infrastructure and built environment. Here are some career paths you can explore:

Carpenters

Carpenters construct, install, and repair structures and fixtures made of wood and other materials. They follow blueprints and building plans to meet the needs of clients.

Construction Laborers

Construction Laborers perform tasks involving physical labor at construction sites. They may operate hand and power tools, clean and prepare sites, and assist other workers.

Solar Installers

Solar Installers assemble, install, and maintain solar panel systems on rooftops or other structures. They ensure that the systems are efficient and safe.

Iron and Steel Workers

Iron and Steel Workers install structural and reinforcing iron and steel to form and support buildings, bridges, and roads. They work with blueprints and welding equipment.

Electricians

Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical systems in buildings and other structures. They ensure that electrical systems are safe and function properly.

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) Technicians and Installers

HVAC-R Technicians and Installers work on heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. They install and maintain systems that control temperature and air quality.

Surveyors

Surveyors make precise measurements to determine property boundaries. They provide data relevant to the shape, contour, gravitation, location, elevation, or dimension of land features.

Architects

Architects design buildings and other structures. They create plans and specifications for construction projects and oversee the construction process to ensure compliance with design.

Architecture and Construction Careers in Action

Ryan Demello is a project manager at Outlier Construction in Medford, Oregon. His journey from a curious student to a skilled professional shows the passion, skills, and adaptability needed to thrive in the construction industry. Ryan, originally from Corvallis, Oregon, wanted to find a career that balanced desk work and manual labor. He worked in IT before diving into construction.

Dominic Herrera is a CTE (Career and Technical Education) Construction Teacher at Eagle Ridge High School in Klamath Falls, Oregon. His entry into teaching was serendipitous. A midnight job search led him to sign up for a teaching position. Despite years in construction, he had never envisioned himself as a teacher. Yet, this unplanned shift opened a new avenue where Dominic found his true calling.

Justin Huntley is a project manager for Simplicity Homes, a home-building company based in the Pacific Northwest, where he oversees the development of custom housing. Huntley would be the first to admit that his career journey hasn’t been smooth. He started out as an auto mechanic, then worked in emergency services – first at a volunteer fire department and then at a hospital – before finally becoming a licensed plumber. But after realizing the toll the job took on his body, Huntley decided to enter his current role at Simplicity Homes.

Is This Career Path Right for You?

If you enjoy working with nature, solving problems, and taking a hands-on approach to projects, a career in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources might be perfect for you. This pathway is ideal for those who are planners, self-reliant, physically active, and creative problem solvers who love learning how things grow and thrive. Consider taking classes in agriculture sciences, chemistry, environmental science, forestry, and natural resources to get started.

Essential Interests:

  • Enjoy reading and following blueprints and instructions
  • Interested in performing work that requires precise results
  • Passionate about creating designs and structures
  • Like solving technical problems

Essential Skills:

  • Strong visualization skills
  • Patience and persistence
  • Attention to detail
  • Good at following directions

Essential Knowledge:

  • Understanding of math and physical sciences
  • Knowledge of drafting and construction trades
  • Familiarity with building systems and HVAC
  • Skills in technology education

Career Planning Action Plan​

Get prepared for a career in architecture and construction!

STEP 1: start by taking classes in any of the following subject areas:

  • Math: covers essential concepts for understanding measurements and calculations in construction.
  • Construction Trades / Shop: offers hands-on experience with tools and techniques used in the construction industry.
  • Draft and Design: teaches the basics of creating detailed technical drawings and blueprints..
  • Building Systems/HVAC: covers the principles of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.

STEP 2: explore and plan your career path:

  • Meet with your advisor to discuss your interests.
  • Identify relevant classes and dual-credit opportunities.
  • Explore community activities for skill-building.
  • Research jobs on the Quality Info Website.

STEP 3: assess and refine your career goals:

  • Create a career and college plan with your advisor.
  • Complete the interest profile, skills assessment, and reality check on the Oregon CIS Website.
  • Watch Career Journey Videos to gain insights from industry professionals.

Meet Sassy, Your Career Exploration Guide

Sassy helps Oregon middle and high school students explore career and trade pathways.

Oregon Industry Overview

Career Planning

High-demand Jobs in Oregon

Here are three careers in high demand right now in Oregon.

Construction Laborers

Education: Less than High School to High School Diploma

Annual Average Wage: $50,889

Duties: Perform tasks involving physical labor at construction sites.

Why it's in demand: With the ongoing growth in construction projects, there is a high demand for laborers who can perform essential physical tasks and support construction teams.

Architectural and Civil Drafters

Education: Postsecondary Training to Associate’s Degree

Annual Average Wage: $60,876

Duties: Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps.

Why it's in demand: As construction and development projects increase, there is a need for skilled drafters to create precise and detailed plans that guide the construction process.

Construction Managers

Education: Associate’s Degree to Bachelor’s Degree

Annual Average Wage: $123,080

Duties: Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems.

Why it's in demand: Effective management is crucial for successful construction projects, making construction managers in high demand to oversee and coordinate complex building efforts.

Essential Student Links for Further Exploration

Career OneStop

Career OneStop Take this 30-question interest assessment to help you match your interests with exciting careers.

Link to Interest Assessment | Career OneStop
Career Journeys

Career Journeys Watch young Oregonians in high-demand trades share their career journeys and give you a window into their workday.

Watch the Career Journeys Stories
Oregon Career Pathways

Oregon Career Pathways: Explore career pathways through the Oregon Employment Department to understand the education and training needed for different occupations. Learn which jobs are in highest demand and what they pay.

Oregon Career Pathways
Oregon Department of Education Career Exploration

Community & Workforce Training: The Business and Management Career Learning Area focuses on the business and entrepreneurial needs of Oregon’s students as they prepare to enter and succeed in the world of business. The careers in this area span virtually every industry in the world.

Oregon Department of Education Business and Management Page
The Oregon Career Information System (CIS)

The Oregon Career Information System (CIS): provides a system of occupational and educational information to help Oregonians learn about the world of work and education. We work with schools, colleges, social agencies, and businesses who provide career guidance and employee development services. They use CIS products with their students, clients, customers, and employees to assist them with the process of career planning or career transition.

The Oregon Career Information System (CIS)

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