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In Sydney, experienced marketing managers earn an average of $110,000, according to data from recruitment agencies.
Required in most large organisations, including in the construction industry, a marketing and communications manager blends creativity with strategic priorities and insights from data to shape the advertising and communications from a company to its customers and the public.
Marketing professionals understand what makes people tick so they can convince them to buy a product or service. They focus on digital advertising, social media and events to make an impact. From developing big-picture marketing campaigns to working out the finer details of which text and images to use, the job involves collaboration to create and promote key messages to targeted audiences.
Plant operators can expect to earn over $75,000, according to Joboutlook.gov.au.
Correct preparation is key in construction. Plant operators drive and operate large, heavy machinery and equipment such as backhoes, bulldozers and graders. This job includes tasks like digging trenches, excavating, crushing rocks and transporting materials.
It’s practical, hands-on work that requires skill, precision and control. Safety, communication and efficiency are important attributes, as is a love of working outdoors.
With salaries around $75,000, surveyors are vital to the construction industry. Their role is to supervise and inspect construction sites, and estimate time, costs and resources, to ensure buildings are safe, accessible, energy efficient and complaint with the relevant building codes and standards.
Day-to-day tasks can include the preparation and assessment of maps and building plans, with a surveyor’s expert input often affecting the design and functionality of a building.
Starting salaries for electricians can be as high as $91,000, according to the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA).
As an electrician you’ll face new challenges every day. Neither repetitive nor monotonous, electrical work requires physical labour and intelligent problem solving. You’ll install, maintain and repair electrical power, lighting and communication systems in industrial, commercial and domestic properties.
Electricians also read blueprints so they can test, install, maintain and repair wiring, electrical and power systems.
On average, accountants earn around $75,000, but this can increase with experience and your work context.
Accountants combine a flair for numbers and finance with strategic thinking and problem-solving to make businesses and individuals legally compliant and more profitable. An asset to every construction business – from small operators to large corporations – accountants are responsible for analysing, interpreting and reporting on financial matters, and providing taxation accounting systems and services.
If you’re technically savvy and have a natural curiosity about how things work, the job of telecommunications technician may suit - plus the Federal Government puts your average earnings at around $80,000.
Qualified technicians work with the ‘unseen’ internal components of a building. They assesses, install, fault find and repair equipment and lines related to radio, optical, data and internet protocol (IP) networks. As our buildings become increasingly technological, the demand for this job will continue to grow.
Be a boss! Project managers ranked #9 in a Top 20 Highest Paying Jobs List for 2018, with average salaries at $124,603.
Construction project managers plan and run construction projects, including managing budgets, staff (including other managers), contractors and services. A top-level position with salaries that can be well over $100,000, skilled managers have a detailed understanding of the construction industry and its regulations, excellent communication skills, and are able to work under pressure to complete jobs on time and within budget. A job to aspire to.
Architectural draftspersons earn around $75,000, according to Jobsoutlook.gov.au
Working closely with architects and builders, draftspeople create or complete design concepts by preparing drawing, plans and other documents that provide the ‘blueprint’ for construction. If you enjoy working on computers, can ‘think’ in 3D and have an eye for accuracy and detail, this job would suit.
While interior designers earn around $1000/week on average, experienced professionals can earn significantly more.
Construction projects don’t end with the external ‘shell’ of the building – the interior fit-out is often equally important, be it residential or commercial. Interior designers have a trained eye for colour and texture, a heightened spatial awareness, and attention to detail. They plan and implement interior schemes using colour, furniture and finishes, with an aim to create spaces that are functional and aesthetically pleasing.
The average income of a safety inspector is $110,000 according to Joboutlook.gov.au
Workplace injuries are an issue across every industry, but particularly in construction, where sites and machinery pose numerous hazards and dangers for workers. Safety inspectors and advisers help keep people safe. They identify and control risks, and work to promote a safe and healthy work environment. Be an important player.