Career Field: Construction, Building and Extraction

Enlisted i Enlisted service members make up the majority of the Military and perform much of the hands-on work. Construction and Related Workers


The Military builds many temporary and permanent structures each year. Lumber, plywood, plasterboard, and concrete and masonry (bricks, stone and concrete blocks) are the basic building materials for many of these projects. Construction specialists build and repair buildings, bridges, foundations, dams and bunkers. They work with engineers and other building specialists as part of military construction teams.
  • Salary

    Average salary nationwide: $43,887
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  • Service Branches

    The following Services offer this career:
    ArmyArmy Marine CorpsMarine
    NavyNavy Air ForceAir
    Coast GuardCoast

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  • Work Environment

    Construction specialists work indoors and outdoors on construction sites.
  • Military Training

    Job training consists of instruction, including practice with carpentry and masonry tools. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content typically includes:
    • Building construction
    • Masonry construction methods
    • Types and uses of construction joints and braces
    • Interpretation of blueprints and drawings
    • How to mix and set concrete, mortar and plaster
    • Cabinetmaking

Other careers in this field

Officer i Officers are the managers of the Military, planning and directing operations or acting in professional roles in fields such as law and medicine.

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