As your child's greatest supporter, we recognize that you want what is best for them: to be healthy, happy, and successful, both as children and as adults. As a parent you play an integral role in guiding them along the right path. As your child receives their high school diploma, we hope you encourage them to explore the many careers in construction.

The construction industry offers ever-evolving, dynamic career opportunities for students who want to enter the workforce immediately after high school and for those who want to pursue college degrees.

The industry needs individuals who enjoy working out of doors along with those who wish to work at a computer screen.  A construction job is a dynamic environment that changes every day through the benefit of the construction workers’ efforts.  Our society needs the skills of those who have the ability to envision a building or bridge and create the plans that others will use to turn that vision into reality.  The construction workforce is as diverse as any that can be imagined.  Some will have advanced degrees and training in business and computer-savvy positions—such as project managers, estimators, and designers.  Others will, also, have several years of training and will use their advanced skills to turn their joy of building and creating into a trade that can vary from operating large equipment, to walking on steel beams high in the air, to installing complex electrical systems. A career in construction can take a person in many different directions. 

We especially encourage students who have a strong interest and aptitude in math, science, and technologies to pursue careers in construction. From construction management degree programs at world-renowned universities, to apprenticeship programs and trade schools, educational opportunities in construction are plentiful and varied.  And construction jobs offer a lifetime of good pay and benefits, ability to continue education, potential to advance, and opportunities to be your own boss.

There is an amazing sense of accomplishment achieved when a person helps design or build a stadium, bridge, high rise, or hospital.  BuildOhio.com will give you and your child a greater understanding of what a construction career has to offer.  It is our hope that you will be better prepared to discuss these opportunities after reviewing this website.  Your advice to your child will guide them in deciding what they want to do with their lives. A career in construction may be the best decision they'll ever make.  Help them build a successful future!

For more information about the industry and opportunities construction has to offer, contact the career or guidance counselor at your child’s school.