We had an amazing week officially launching FieldLens to the industry, and hope you enjoyed coverage of our launch, our surprise Google Glass demo and everything we saw on the CONEXPO floor.
Now that CONEXPO/CON-AGG is over, we’re back to our regularly scheduled blog posts, and that got us thinking – why is construction such a great industry? Ever stop to ask yourself why you started working in construction? And why you keep doing it, even with the long hours, stress and pressure you deal with on a daily basis?
We’ve all got our reasons for why we love this crazy industry, and a few of ours are below.
1.) You get to build the stuff people depend on
How many professionals in other industries can point at the brand-new hospital in town and say, “I helped build that”? Whether it’s a road, a home, a sewage system or a school, the things you build matter to the people in your community.
2.) A strong construction industry equals a strong economy
The U.S. economy’s strength is tightly linked to the construction industry. Construction projects provide jobs, inject both funds and new life into a community, and create the infrastructure critical to keeping the country moving forward.
3.) It’s all up to you – your skills make it happen
As you work your way up through the ranks, you’ll find new ways to use both your mind and your hands to get the job done. For those who are relatively new to the field, pay attention to the guys who have been in construction for decades. They know their stuff because they’ve been working hard, observing and learning all along the way.
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4.) You get to see immediate results from your work
At the end of every day at work, you’ll be able to see the progress you and your team have made. Watching that progress turn into a completed project, day by day, is one of the most rewarding parts of a construction job. (yeah, we know – there’s days where it seems like nothing gets done, but let’s focus on the good stuff here).
5.) Every day is something new
Forget the boring 9 to 5 cubicle jobs — every construction site brings new, interesting challenges. You’ll also get to change things up with each new project, and avoid job stagnation that leads to burnout.
6.) You get to collaborate with a team
Collaborating with your team to overcome obstacles and fix problems on the jobsite is another way you’ll put your skills to use. Strong networks are formed on construction projects because everyone on the team depends on everyone else to get the job done. Yeah, some of the people you have to work with will drive you nuts, but at the end of the day you get the job done together.
7.) All these benefits and you get paid too
Whether your passion is carpentry, engineering, or IT, there’s a place for you in construction.
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