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Employment of home improvement contractors is projected to continue to increase faster than the average for all occupations during the 2014-24 decade.
During the first quarter of 2016, production or nonsupervisory workers in construction averaged $25.24 an hour, or about $959 a week (based on a 38 hour average). In general, the construction and specialty trade workers needing more education and training, such as electricians, plumbers, and managers, get paid more than construction trades workers requiring less education and training, including laborers and helpers. Individuals that could be hired as construction managers, who have a mean income of $49.61 an hour in Maryland, are also typically qualified to become self-employed home improvement or general contractors.
Workers in this industry need physical stamina because the work frequently requires prolonged standing, bending, stooping, and working in cramped quarters. They also may be required to lift and carry heavy objects. Exposure to the weather is common because much of the work is done outside or in partially enclosed structures. Construction workers often work with potentially dangerous tools and equipment amidst a clutter of building materials; some work on temporary scaffolding or at great heights.
Home improvement contractors coordinate and supervise the construction process from the conceptual development stage through final construction, making sure that the project gets completed on time and within budget. They also manage the selection of trade contractors to complete specific phases of the project, which could include everything from structural metalworking and plumbing to painting, as well as installing electricity and carpeting.
Completers of this course are prepared to sit for the Maryland Home Improvement License Examination. A secondary objective is to familiarize students with the home improvement contractor business.
Total approximate cost is $300. Total instructional hours are 12.
Evening classes are offered in the fall and spring semesters. The class takes three weeks to complete.
Occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Industries at a Glance and Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Construction Managers
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