Commercial construction or nonresidential construction is the largest segment of the construction industry. Within this segment are office, retail and institutional construction. Subsets of institutional construction include municipal and public buildings, roads, bridges, sewers, pipelines and power plants. The industry creates annual revenues in excess of $450 billion, and is comprised of at least 80,000 firms. Nonresidential construction is expected to grow a little faster than the rest of the industry because industrial construction activity is expected to be stronger as replacement of many industrial plants has been delayed for years, and a large number of structures will have to be replaced or remodeled.
A wide range of opportunities exist in the industry, both for high-school graduates who want to go directly into the workforce and learn a trade, and those who want to go to college.

  • Laborers often train under a skilled worker to learn a trade.
  • Trade unions offer apprenticeship programs with a combination of classroom training and hands-on learning.
  • Managers are often required to have a four-year degree in a related program such as construction, construction science, construction management or construction technology.
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