With so many careers in construction and other business sectors, it can be difficult to know where to start, to know if you need a CSCS Card, CSCS Test or a Qualification. We’ve put together some information to help you figure out which is right for you.


360 Excavator Operator controls a large digging machine which sits on a rotating base, allowing them to pick up large amounts of earth or other materials, and move them anywhere within the vehicle’s radius.

Access Floor Installer install raised floor systems using specialist tools and techniques. This could include any project that requires raised floorings – from houses to nightclubs, and airports to offices.

Administrators support the smooth running of offices by carrying out important clerical tasks and projects. 

Architects creatively shape our environment by designing the buildings and spaces around us.

Architectural Technician specialise in presenting building designs using technology. They provide technical guidance to clients and liaise with construction design teams to bring new structures to life.

Asbestos removal operatives safely remove materials found to contain asbestos. Asbestos is a mix of minerals made from microscopic fibres, traditionally used for insulation. 

Asbestos surveyors inspect buildings and collect samples to determine the presence of asbestos.

Banksman / Signallers are responsible for directing the movement of vehicles and plant on or around a site.

Bricklayers construct, extend and repair domestic and commercial buildings, and other structures such as foundations, walls, chimneys or decorative masonry work.

Carpentry is one of the oldest construction trades and is in high demand.

Civil engineers plan, design and manage large construction projects. 

Construction Site Manager organise work on building sites, making sure it’s completed safely, on time and within budget.

Damp causes serious problems to buildings and can be dangerous to people’s health. As a damp proofer, you would prevent damp entering into buildings from the ground, and through walls and cracks.

Demolition operatives are part of a team to clear a site ready for a new construction project.

Forklift Drivers are responsible for delivering, moving, loading and unloading a variety of goods in warehouses and on construction sites.

Gas Service installers fits, maintains and repairs gas systems within old and new buildings. 

Groundworkers is a construction professional who prepares the ground before, during and after building. 

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) engineers install and service air quality and temperature systems in homes, businesses and transport.

HGV Drivers transport goods between locations. They move items for suppliers and customers, locally, nationally and internationally.

Labourer, or general construction operatives are involved in a range of practical tasks on a construction site, working on projects from foundation to completion.

Project directors have overall responsibility for the successful conclusion of construction projects. 

Plant mechanics repair and maintain heavy construction machinery so that projects can be completed efficiently and safely.

Plumbers fit and maintain water systems in buildings. This includes toilets, baths, showers, sinks, washing machines and dishwashers. 

Painters and decorators bring everyday spaces to life. They prepare and apply paint, wallpaper and other finishes to surfaces, inside and out.

Roofing operatives work on the roofs of new buildings and also repair or re-roof older structures.

Plasterers smooth or create a decorative finish on internal walls and ceilings. They also apply render and finishes to external walls.

Plant operators use heavy machinery to dig, lift and move materials on building sites. They can dramatically change landscapes or install impressive structures in a short time.

Plant mechanics repair and maintain heavy construction machinery so that projects can be completed efficiently and safely. As a plant mechanic, you’d conduct regular inspections on dumpers, excavators, cranes and more.

Quantity surveyors estimate and control costs for large construction projects. They make sure that structures meet legal and quality standards.

Quarry workers use powerful machinery to dig and drill rock, sand, slate, gravel, and minerals from quarries and mines. They crush, transport, and process these aggregates for use, often on construction sites.

Risk managers identify and assess possible threats to construction projects. They take into account financial, legal, environmental and reputational risks, plus risks to the workforce and organisation they work for.

Sealant applicators seal joints to ensure a building is airtight and waterproof.

Shunter drivers are responsible for the safe movement of vehicles on construction sites.

Shopfitters transform the interiors of offices, shops, restaurants, bars and more. They create plans, then make and install fittings to enhance our experience of a space.

Site managers organise work on building sites, making sure it’s completed safely, on time and within budget.

Steel erectors assemble the metal framework of new buildings or structures, by fitting together steel girders, pipework and beams.

Steeplejacks carry out repair work high above the ground on construction sites, power stations, high rise buildings or on monuments and castles. They ensure they are structurally sound and may also install lightning conductors.

Stonemasons cut and prepare stone to build or repair stone structures. These may include homes, historical buildings, monuments, headstones and statues.

Scaffolders erect and dismantle temporary metal scaffolding on structures and building sites, so that other people can work at height and carry out their jobs safely.

Site inspectors monitor all work carried out on a construction site to ensure safety and quality standards are upheld. 

Surveyors provide professional advice on a range of construction-related matters. 

Tunnelling operatives build the underground tunnels needed for services such as rail lines and water works.

Wall and floor tilers cover walls, floors and other surfaces with tiles, in kitchens, bathrooms, shops, hotels, restaurants and more. They may work on new builds or private and commercial renovations.

Welding fabricators cut, join and shape metal and other materials, using heat and a range of tools. They are required on construction projects of all sizes, to do anything from fixing machinery to building bridges.

Window fitters install windows, doors, conservatories, and glazed curtain walls in buildings and structures. They may work on new-build properties, upgrade old fittings, or help restore heritage buildings.