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Blame it on the portrayal in movies, TV shows, or just assumptions people may have about them; construction workers cannot be placed in a box. In this piece, we’re going to look at four assumptions people have about construction workers or the construction industry in general. 

1. “Construction workers are uneducated.” 

There is an age-old trope that if someone works in construction, that means that they couldn’t handle school and dropped out. The fact that you’ve ever felt comfortable riding in a high-speed elevator to the top of an enormous skyscraper or in the basement of a large building is a testament to the fact some brains went into the construction process of that building. Beyond engineering, construction requires immense expertise and the brightest minds to ensure a successful build. Lives depend on it. 

2. “Construction jobs are the last resort.” 

Riding on the back of the first myth, for some reason, people assume that everyone involved in construction work ended up there through bad luck. Ask a construction worker about this, especially as you drive by a project they helped complete, and you will likely receive your answer. Most construction professionals not only love their job but take pride in the projects they’ve helped complete. Beyond schools, hospitals, and places of worship, construction workers are proud of businesses, roads, and otherwise unassuming structures they helped build or overhaul. While the decision to enter construction has occurred later in life for some, there is a substantial percentage of construction professionals who have wanted to enter the industry since they were children. 

3. “Construction work is a dead-end job.” 

For those who think construction is about digging ditches and swinging hammers, it can be easy to see why they may believe that working in construction is a dead-end job. However, this myth is wrong on a variety of levels. 

Firstly, no construction job is identical to another. The differences result in a variety of changes that make construction workers tremendous problem solvers. Something doesn’t fit? Is something broken? Inclimate weather? Personnel issues? Construction workers are immensely capable of rolling with the punches based on experience. These problem-solving skills developed in the field translate to various other industries that require flexible minds and unique solutions. 

Secondly, like many other industries, the construction industry is becoming increasingly impacted by new technological innovations. New equipment and techniques are continually being developed that are even pulling technical professionals into the world of construction who may formally never saw themselves in such a field. Anyone striving to learn how to create or use these innovations is far from heading down a dead-end path. 

4. “The construction industry is just for men.” 

In the past, we may say that this myth has a sliver of truth to it. In modern times, however, this statement is utter nonsense. Today more than ever, women are not only joining the rank and file of construction professionals, but many are even leading their own construction companies and consulting services. Beyond a female-run construction company here and there, women-run construction companies are hosting in their own conferences in attempts to recruit more women into the construction field. The future is bright for women in the construction industry. 

 At Cowen Construction out of Tulsa, OK, we’re thrilled to shatter these misconceptions daily. If you have questions about the construction industry, we invite you to reach out to learn more about the industry in general and Cowen Construction in particular. 

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