5 surprising careers in construction

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Here are five jobs in construction that could change your ideas about the industry.

Construction work is not just about using your muscles and hammering nails. Some jobs can take you around the world and deep underwater, while others involve helping fight the effects of climate change. Here are five unusual construction jobs which could surprise you.


Divers work deep underwater inspecting, building and repairing structures using underwater tools and equipment. With one to five years’ experience, divers usually earn $34,000 to $40,000 a year. With five or more years’ experience, they can earn up to $80,000 a year.

Fire engineer

Fire engineers are responsible for making sure people are safe from potential fires in buildings. They plan and design safety features that detect, control or reduce fire and smoke in buildings and structures. New fire engineers usually earn $70,000 to $90,000 a year. Senior fire engineers can earn up to $180,000 a year.

Energy/carbon auditor

Energy/carbon auditors inspect buildings, carry out energy reviews and help to reduce energy use at businesses and organisations. Energy/carbon auditors with up to five years' experience usually earn $60,000 to $80,000 a year. With five or more years’ experience, they can earn up to $200,000 a year.  

Lift technician

Lift technicians install, maintain and repair lift and escalator systems. A lift technician may have saved you if you’ve ever been trapped in a lift. Lift technicians usually earn $55,000 to $75,000 a year. Senior lift technicians can earn up to $100,000 a year.


Quantity surveyor

Quantity surveyors manage the finances for construction projects. They work with architects and engineers, and study their building plans. Quantity surveyors usually start on about $50,000 to $85,000 a year. With experience, they can earn up to $150,000 a year. 

Updated 3 Oct 2019