Building & Construction

  • Do you like working with your hands?
  • Did you know the construction industry is the 6th largest employer in Hawaii?

Career Overview

This industry includes careers in designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining the built environment. Careers in the building and construction industry involve designing and building homes, roads, and other structures. More than half of the occupations in this industry typically require a high school diploma or equivalent. Training programs for high-demand careers in the trades are available across the state at various public and private entities. People in this industry often have skills in problem solving, multi-tasking, communication, basic mathematics, and the ability to physically perform the duties of the job.

Skilled Trades

Medium-term (2 – 3 years)
Qualifications: HS Diploma or Equivalent

  • Electricians
  • Plumbing
  • Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
  • Carpentry 

Career Options Available with Trade Certification

  • Electrical Technician ($49K – $75K – $113K)
  • Plumber, Pipefitters, Steamfitters ($27K – $44K – $70K)
  • HVAC Technician ($34K – $62K – $95K)
  • Carpenter ($44K – $75K – $117K)

Bachelor Degree Programs 

Long-term (4+ years)
Qualifications: Post-Secondary Enrollment

  • Business Administration/Management
  • Civil Engineering

Career Options Available with Bachelor’s Degree

  • Construction Manager ($44K – $72K – $128K)
  • General & Operations Manager ($48K – $100K – $200K)
  • Cost Estimator ($28K – $57K – $89K)
  • Civil Engineer ($57K – $83K – $117K)

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