Construction Careers


The need for qualified construction professionals and skilled trades in Michigan is at an all-time high.

CAM has developed the Construction Opportunities Resources Education program, also known as CAM-CORE, to connect you to information about starting or advancing your career in construction.

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Construction ManagementSkilled TradesProfessional Development


Each year, in Michigan, an average of 470 students graduate with credentials in construction management. If you too are interested in a career in construction management, Michigan has 24 construction management schools for you to choose from. You can expect to pay an average of $7,918 per year in tuition for a degree in construction management in Michigan state.

The largest construction management school in Michigan, by student population, is Ferris State University. It is located in Big Rapids. Approximately 79 students graduated with a construction management degree from Ferris State University in 2009, which was 17% of the total state construction management graduates for that year. Tuition at Ferris State University, was $9,480 per year in 2010.

Construction Manager is the most popular career choice for those who graduate with credentials in construction management. Approximately 27,380 construction managers are currently working in Michigan. This number is projected to increase to 30,100 by the year 2018. This indicates a 9% change in the number of construction managers in Michigan.

In Michigan, as a construction manager, you can expect to earn a salary of anywhere from less than $20,554 per year to more than $50,475 per year. But the median salary for construction managers earn $31,936 per year, in Michigan.

Skilled Trades

If you were the child fascinated with Lego, Tinker Toys, and Erector Sets, a career in the skilled trades is a perfect fit.  Enrolling in an apprenticeship through a union generally requires a high school diploma or GED, 18 years of age, and a valid drivers license.  While earning your Journeyman status, you can be paid to attend school and work!  The market for building trades is heating up and Michigan does not have enough workers to fill the available positions.  Click the links to learn more about skilled trades.

Asbestos Workers


Bricklayers & Stonemasons

Cement Mason


Electrical Workers

Elevator Constructors

Glaziers & Glassworkers




Operating Engineers

Painters, Plasterers, Drywall Finishers

Pipe fitter, Steamfitter, Welder


Sheet Metal Workers

Sprinkler Fitter

Tile, Marble, and Terrazzo Masons


If you are already working in construction, CAMTEC, the Training & Education Center at the Construction Association of Michigan, can help you with your professional development. We have classes available to increase your knowledge of project management, construction law, and site safety and health. Click on the topics below to read more about the course descriptions and the next available class.