Construction Specialists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Construction specialists perform and manage the construction of buildings, bridges, foundations, utility systems, dams, and bunkers. They manage, construct, repair, and modify structural systems, and wooden, masonry, metal, and concrete buildings. They also oversee bridge building, rafting, and river crossing operations to coordinate the building of structures during combat.  Construction specialists must have a working knowledge of carpentry and masonry.

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Work Environment

Construction specialists work indoors and outdoors on construction sites.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Residential Building Construction
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Construction Specialists in the Military

17,983

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Salary

Average Salary

$48,770

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 39%
  • Some college 32%
  • Post-secondary certificate 21%
  • Less than high school 6%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for construction specialists consists of classroom and on-the-job instruction, including practice with carpentry and masonry tools. Training content varies depending on specialty, and may include: Basic construction methods and engineering principlesConstruction of wire obstaclesTypes and uses of construction joints and bracesUse of hand and power toolsHow to mix and set concrete, mortar, and plasterPrinciples and procedures for the safe use of explosivesBridge design and constructionRoad maintenance and repair

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Building and Construction
  • Production and Processing
  • Administration and Management
  • Mechanical

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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