Posted by: nedpelger | January 9, 2009

Top 10 Reasons to Pursue a Career in Construction: #8

#8 Construction Jobs Won’t be Outsourced to India.

We often hear the O word about manufacturing jobs. Lots of engineering work now gets done in other countries with lower pay rates for engineers. Construction, though, just can’t be oursourced.

Consider the Metropolitan Expressway in Tokyo shown below, can you envision any way to build those spans 10,000 miles away and ship them for erection?

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The construction industry, for the most part, will continue to be job site based. Some off-site production (precast beams, structural steel, etc) will continue to be made in factories, but the final erection needs to be on site. Shipping size limits off site fabrication, as does fuel prices for shipping cost.

Labor may be imported from other countries, but so what? If you want to become a great Construction Supervisor, you’ll need to learn and grow and become expert at the job. Some competition makes us all better.

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