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Construction and the Built Environment

What is it?


The construction and the built environment job sector covers a huge range of employment - with hundreds of different job roles involved in designing, planning, and constructing the built environment as well as making sure that it's functional, safe, fits in with building and environmental legislation, looks good and has all the services it needs for example, water, gas and/or electricity.

The built environment covers everything around us that is designed, planned, and built by people for example houses, shopping complexes, energy production plants, factories, hospitals, schools, sports facilities, landscaping, street furniture such as bus stops and street lamps, pavements, roads, pipelines, bridges, airports and underground transport systems. 

To make it easier to find the information you need for your career planning we have split this wide sector into the main job areas of:

  • Architecture, Surveying and Planning 
  • Building Services 
  • Civil and Structural Engineering 
  • General Construction 

For each job sector area you’ll be able to find out more about: 


How much people earn 

The job market 

The future trends 

The ways into jobs

What's happening locally

Plus we’ve put together some links to specialist sites you can explore if you’d like to find out more

Want to know more?

To give you a snapshot of this large job sector  we have outlined some of the jobs on offer including informaiton about the main entry routes, the job market and future trends - we have not included all the jobs on offer in each sector.

You can also use the National Careers Service website to find out about 100s of jobs and careers, including the ones listed above and many, many more.

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Construction and Built Environment
Job Sector Factsheet, updated December 2011