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Construction Jobs for Disabled Veterans

A veteran with a disability may often opt for jobs that are not too physically taxing and those that do not require too much movement. While most jobs in the construction industry involve both factors, some are well suited to the physical needs of disabled veterans.

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Jobs in the construction industry involve designing, assembling and constructing buildings and infrastructure. Construction companies consider veterans a natural fit for this industry due to their background expertise, teamwork and adherence to strict deadlines to achieve excellence. Although some of these jobs will require fresh training, others only require the veterans to leverage the skills they acquired in the military.

Career Comparison

Job Title Median Salary Job Growth (2016-2026)* Applicable Military Skills/Traits
Architect $78,470* 4% Drawing skills, passion for coming up with new designs, attention to detail, creative and artistic
Field Engineer $62,325** 10% (Construction and building inspectors) Technical skills and experience, drawing skills, eye for details, good communicator
Construction Manager $91,370* 11% Technical skills, good communicator, precise planning, time management skills, able to follow instructions
Construction Foreman $58,347** 13% (Supervisors of construction and extraction workers) Experience in the field, problem-solver, critical thinker, good manager of time, leadership skills
Crane Operator $52,200* 9% Technical expertise, accuracy, attention to detail

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), payscale.com

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Construction Jobs for Disabled Veterans

The job titles described below are those which may accommodate the physical abilities of a disabled veteran and may require minimal physical effort. Some, however, may require a bit of assistance such as getting to a construction site or help getting into a crane. They include:

Architect

Architects come up with designs for a construction project, whether a building or any similar structure. They not only work on new structures but on old buildings too, finding ways to conserve or restore them. An architect's design becomes the benchmark for all construction activities, which means that they must be in communication with the clients to ensure that the project meets the clients' specifications. Veterans with an interest in architecture should take up an architecture degree and accrue some level of experience before taking up projects on their own. Architecture is suitable for a disabled veteran because much of the work takes place in an office setup, they typically only visit the site to ensure that their design is reciprocated in the construction project.

Field Engineer

A field engineer works with the client and the architects and/or other engineers in the initial project stages taking part in the design and planning, and sometimes even in the execution of the construction plan. This professional corresponds with the construction manager and the foreman to ensure that the project progresses as planned. Some engineers specialize in some construction areas and become experts in areas like surveying and inspection of buildings and structures. Field engineers may be self-employed or may be employed by the government and consulting firms. Veterans with an interest in this field should acquire the needed experience and certification.

Construction Manager

Construction managers are the contractors who ensure that the construction project follows the blueprint and also oversee the use of construction material by the laborers. They are part of the pioneer team in a project, working with engineers and architects to create a project timetable, streamline requirements of the blueprint and determining the total construction cost. Construction managers also hire subcontractors and laborers and create a daily schedule to determine what workers should handle per day. Disabled veterans may comfortably work as construction managers because the job, though taxing, does not involve much physical activity. They generally only need to have previous work experience and certification to prove their prowess in this field.

Construction Foreman

The construction foreman is the boss at a construction site and acts as the link between the superiors (engineers, architects, client, construction manager, etc.) and the construction workers. The foreman is also tasked with assembling the construction team by taking charge of the recruiting and hiring process before taking a supervisory role over them by directing the workers and the use of resources. If problems arise in the implementation of a plan, the foreman reports this issue to the superiors, who come up with a solution or revise the plans. Experience is superior to formal education in this role, which makes it ideal for disabled veterans who took construction roles in the military since they do not have to undergo additional training; their skills will typically be directly applicable.

Crane Operator

Veterans who serve in roles involving the operation of equipment may be interested in a similar role, that of operating a crane. A crane operator uses a moving or stationary crane to position, lift or move heavy loads in a construction site. This job may be suitable for a disabled veteran because it only involves pressing buttons to control lift levers, to ensure that the load is safely attached when carrying it up and down. Other responsibilities include inspecting the crane every day to determine parts that are wearing out or malfunctioning to ensure that the crane always operates safely.

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