Almost a million people work in the construction industry in the United States, which is made up of vendors, laborers, subcontractors, general contractors, and everything in between. They’re all working towards a common goal of constructing beautiful, structurally sound buildings and infrastructure. But not all of them chose construction as a career for the same reason.

That’s why we asked employees at some of the top general contractors in the world about why they chose a career in construction.

Inspired by the Brady Bunch

“I wanted to join the construction industry after watching the Brady Bunch. I was intrigued by Mike Brady being an architect, and I always wanted to be an architect.

“I aspired to be one through college and took a couple of years of design classes, but ultimately decided that wasn’t the direction I wanted to go. Once I discovered construction management, I knew that’s where I was meant to be. I enjoy construction, how things go together, and providing spaces for people that will use long after I’m gone.”

– Melanie Dodson, Preconstruction Manager, NOVO Construction

Do as the Romans do

“I got into construction because I really liked learning more about how the real world around me was working. Particularly how things have been working for thousands of years and how they still work the same way today.

“We still make concrete the same way they did in Roman times, and we still use it as a structural building material that provides us with great results at a low cost. I just like the history of it.

“I think one of my favorite things about the construction industry is that the projects we build are the largest joint venture projects in the world. You have a supply chain from raw materials through to facilities management and everything in between. Made up of thousands of companies all working together to get one asset built in place in the right way for the customer and have it last for a hundred years.”

– Tom Juntunen, Senior Cost Analyst, Truebeck Construction

It’s all in the family

“I got my degree in history, but my entire family does construction, so I was trying to be the one who didn’t do that. But here we are.

“I was a laborer in the summers when I was in college, and I just kind of naturally fell into it. For me personally, it’s the interaction with people that I enjoy. There are a million different walks of life that you’re going to come across when you’re doing construction. It’s always different even though for the most post, you’re building the same thing.”

– Jeff Bilinski, Project Manager, NOVO Construction

“I’m the son of an engineer. He worked in a sheet metal factory for an HVAC contractor. I grew up around the business. When I went off to college, I knew that construction was what I wanted to do.”

– Todd Merrill, Project Manager, SC Builders

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