Construction Skills That Apply in Other Industries

Joe Weinlick
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Construction workers gain many skills on the job that transfer well to work in other fields. Many workers come away with construction skills that are invaluable in fields as different as fabrication and carpentry or sales and management. The role you fill at the construction site may say much about the skills you have and how you can apply them in the future. Your construction skills may give you an edge over other applicants in related fields, and knowing how to correctly advertise those skills will make it easier for you to persuade potential employers of this.

Workers can often transfer their skills to many different jobs, including entrepreneurship. Laborers and helpers gain construction skills that lend themselves easily to fabrication or assembly line work, while the ability to read blueprints and follow precise instructions translates well to many different manufacturing positions. Laborers also gain physical strength and stamina that can help them to remain active and alert during long shifts. Attention to detail and the ability to directly apply strength and dexterity to a specific end make laborers and helpers great assets for manufacturers of all sizes.

Specialists in the construction industry may find that their skills are in demand with other skilled professionals. Carpenters, stonemasons, and carpet installers all understand how different elements come together to create worthwhile tools, equipment, and structures. This gives each of these workers a set of skills that applies well to jobs involving machinery. Machinist jobs often require similar expertise in equipment operation and the application of precision as these specialized construction roles. Specialists may be able to gain additional on-the-job knowledge that allows them to translate their own experience even more easily into success in the new role.

Construction managers often come to understand that balancing the work at hand with the needs of employees is a necessary skill in itself. The communications and negotiation skills required of managers in the construction industry remain helpful skills in other management-related positions. These helpful skills also work well for those looking to leave the management field and focus on sales or customer service. The ability to work well with others and lead groups of people is in high demand in many different markets. Many managers have construction skills as well as management acumen, allowing them to apply their full skillset in a variety of related roles.

Construction skills translate exceptionally well to a variety of jobs. Machinist and fabrication jobs require the precision and attention to detail that many construction jobs teach. Construction managers can apply their experience as laborers or specialists as well as focusing their management knowledge on both management and sales positions outside of the construction world. These construction skills can make workers looking to enter other fields even more valuable in the eyes of hiring managers or business owners.


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