8. Being a General Contractor on a Work Site
A clinical lab scientist and a construction contractor make the same amount of money if you can believe it. Actually, if a contractor is willing to work harder to get into specialized work, they can make more. Pretty sure nobody is going to be all that impressed when you say you’re a clinical lab scientist.
Although people may not be impressed with your contracting role, they may be impressed with your biceps. Sure, it’s dirty work but there’s something slightly alluring for women when it comes to general contractors. It’s a man’s job and that’s pretty hot.
A general contractor might look a bit grungy in the middle of their workday but he certainly isn’t poor. On average, a contractor will make well over $50,000 per year and some can make over $100,000 depending on the contract and experience. If you work up to a construction management position, you can clear over $150,000 per year. It’s a broad field so a contractor is never out of work. There are a lot of options so boredom won’t set in. You can work for a small, intimate company or you can work for a massive construction company.
A clinical lab scientist will have to spend a lot of money for the university over a four-year span. It takes some time to get recognized and you may have to spend time making a name for yourself. All this while the debt collectors are knocking at your door for money owed. When you enter into construction management, you may need a bachelor’s degree but you’ll start making good money almost immediately.
The training is rigorous and you might feel pain in muscles you didn’t know exists but no pain, no gain. Those biceps don’t come automatically without working for it. It takes time to build the experience but its well worth the journey. Nearly 60% of general contractors were self-employed in 2012. This is a thriving business and also a demanding one.