Job Opportunities in the Tree Service Industry

Another route to consider in the search for a job as a contractor is within the landscaping/tree service field. There are many opportunities for entry level work for those people that are willing to start at the bottom and work their way up. For an entry level worker, most commonly known as a groundsmen, you would start off doing all the grunt work. Most of your time will be spent cleaning up debris and brush and manning the chipper. An entry level job will start you off at about the $10-12 dollar an hour range depending on what part of the country you are in. For example, on Long Island you may command as much as $14 dollars an hour where as at a tree company in Jacksonville, you will find that the going rate is actually much lower, typically in the $10-12 an hour range.
As you pay your dues, over time you will gain more experience and most likely have higher aspirations. I am talking tree top high. That’s right. Many climbing arborists start off as groundsmen and overtime learn the trade and begin taking the proper steps towards certification.
Climbing arborists get paid slightly more because their job is inherently riskier. Tree work in itself, is very dangerous work. Every year, many experienced arborists are killed on the job. Climbing arborists seem to top out at the $20 dollar range however. You will find that some individuals, are willing to climb for much lower than market rates. They are typically inexperienced and he company hiring them will end up paying for it in the long run due to the damage they cause to customer’s property. Anyways, I am getting off course here.
Once you have committed to working in the tree care industry, it would be a good idea to consider getting certified as an arborist through the Internation Society of Arboriculture. The ISA as they are more commonly known, offer certification courses for those looking to advance their careers in arboriculture. In addition to an exam, there are also prerequisites that are required of all applicants. The main criteria is amount of time you have worked in the tree care industry. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a certified arborist, check out this link below:

Ben Garrison / April 30, 2016 / Tree Service

How does it pay? Average Salaries of Contractors

The average salaries of contractors depend on training, experience and region where someone is working. Many a general contractor will have a bachelor’s degree in architecture, construction management, engineering, construction science or other related subjects. This level of education is important for large scale and complex projects. Work experience is another essential thing. Some contractors rise to this position because of their background in masonry, carpentry or general subcontracting. Certification from professional construction organizations increases chances of hiring and higher starting salaries.
Construction manager
The salary of a construction manager ranges from $46 to $116 depending on qualifications and experience. The annual average salary therefore is $73. The work of construction manager is to oversee work at a construction site and makes sure that work runs efficiently.    He might create a plan before starting a job. Construction managers should have good interpersonal skills as they lead a large team and also work closely with clients. It is also the work of construction manager to obtain licenses, permits and enforce safety at project site.
Carpenters create wooden products often used for making structures like foundations, furniture, doors, window farming and art work. Carpenters earning are within the range of $34 and $45. The average annual salary is $39.  Carpenters do most of their work independently but it is important for them to adhere to deadlines. It is important to give attention to detail for end product to be safe and aesthetically pleasing.
The common next step for carpenters is to be a supervisor or lead carpenter. Carpenters might experience large salary bump if the can progress to a role like a construction project manager.  A carpenter in this position earns average of about $70,000.
HVAC technician
HVAC (Heating, ventilation & air conditioning) service technician usually works on appointment with customers. These technicians begin addressing problems to do with heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at homes or businesses. From here,  a HVAC technician carefully examines  faulty equipments to diagnose and troubleshoot the problems.
After determining the cause of fault, a technician will provide the client with repair quote. If there is authorization will begin repair or replacement of defective equipment, wiring in HVAC system or mechanical component. The average earning by a HVAC technician is around $19 per hour. Experience has moderate effect on earnings. A HVAC technician can also be called by a client to do inspections or do preventive maintenance to make sure that heating, ventilation and the air conditioning systems will continue running smoothly.
Electricians may work independently or for a company. They perform various tasks during construction. This includes installations, maintenance, inspections, doing power calculations, troubleshooting and repair.   Earnings of an electrician range between $50 and 64. The average salary is $56.Electricians generally gets higher compensation for more past experience. People with experience of 5 to 10 years can earn around $10 more than first salary.
Electricians generally transition to electrician journeyman or certificate electrician where average earning is higher by $2-$3 per year. Few electricians transition to construction projects manager to earn an average of $70, 000 annually.

Ben Garrison / April 20, 2016 / Types of Contractor Jobs

Vocational Schools offering Construction Training Program

If you have interest in building, know that vocational schools offer construction training program. You can find programs that will enable you to turn your construction dreams into satisfying work.  There is much contraction work going on at every place hence there are numerous opportunities to provide you with financial stability. Attending a good school offering construction training program   gives you the skills to construct buildings and structures that can be regarded as a career accomplishment.

Why attend construction training program at vocational school

A job is paramount.  Students who enroll in vocational training in construction trades get an opportunity to be prepared thoroughly by trainers for employment because they gain skills that set them apart from others.

Construction training program can lead to employment in the construction trades, are setting themselves up for both a rewarding and a challenging line of work. There are many people who are interested or gifted in construction but are restricted to simple constructions.  Going fore training gives you an opportunity to begin benefitting from your enthusiasm to engage in building and gives you hands on experience. Your trainers will impart useful and valuable construction skills when you pursue building trade course or other kind or role within building industry.
The reasons below make it worthwhile to attend a construction training program:

Construction is required for all sectors
Every private and public sector in country’s economy  forever requires work by people in  construction trades for sustenance of daily activities.  Construction training makes you a direct or indirect beneficiary of different sectors.
For instance, when an organization gives out a contract   to build an office, it requires construction workers to excavate the site and build the structure.  Plumbers will do piping work; electricians will set up wiring while network cabling professionals install internet and telephone services.  You may not think about this everyday but the world economy requires well trained construction trade professionals to function as most operations have to run from well build areas.

Career stability and progression
After you complete pre-apprenticeship training and successful establishing yourself as a good apprentice in construction trades, you expect room for you to move up to a different position. There is much mobility in construction industry than in most professions.   With skills and commitment, you easily move through positions like foreman, supervisor, superintendant, project and finally construction manager. All these positions have good pay.

Active learning experience

A career in construction gives you the advantage to continue building on your training, adding to your initial skills set. There is also something termed as sideways mobility. It means when you learn one trade, you always get an opportunity to learn another. Some of skills you trained in will also carry over to other areas. Each day you spend on the job is different therefore a new learning experience.
Careers in the construction trade are quite active therefore suitable for those who like physical activity. It gives you an opportunity to see immediate results of your work  therefore you can  ‘count’ the progress made each  minute, hour or day. Everyone else can also see the progression without much explaining hence you are appreciated more.

Ben Garrison / April 20, 2016 / Education

Construction Career Options – Part I

If you are looking for employment in the construction industry, there are plenty of opportunities for applicants of all educational backgrounds. If you have experience in the field, you are at a much greater advantage then those seeking a job at the entry level. Let’s take a look at the different types of building contractors exist and how one should go about getting a job in this industry.

Lets first define and discuss what a general contractor is. A general contractor oversees a construction job from the beginning to the end and is involved in all aspects from the actual building process to paying subcontractors and suppliers.


Some Common Types of Contractors:

Very few building projects today are completed without the assistance and in coordination with electrical contractors. Electricians are responsible for wiring fixtures and installing breaker boxes in a manner that meets the local safety codes. The road to becoming an electrician usually begins with an apprenticeship, typically through a union. The pay is low to start ($13/hour in NYC), but after 4 years of on the job and in the classroom training, you will recieve a considerable wage increase and enjoy the perks a union job can offer.

Plumbers are probably the most unappreciated of all contractors, but their are crucial to maintaining the water systems our society relies on to live healthy and disease free lives. Securing a job in the plumbing sector is usually achieved through an apprenticeship.

HVAC Technicians
Heating and Ventilation contractors are responsible for the installation and maintenance of furnaces, boilers, and ductwork of both heating and cooling systems. Finding employment in HVAC industry can be done by applying for an apprenticeship or by going to a vocational school.

Electricians, Plumbers, and HVAC Techs are just 3 of the many subcontractor jobs that exist. Opportunities and barriers to entry vary by industry and by geographical location so one must use all resources available to them.

Ben Garrison / January 19, 2013 / Contractors Guide / 0 Comments