The Many Paths of a Contractor: 3 Disciplines That You Should Consider

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The word “contractor” gets thrown around a lot today. But though this term is largely related to the construction world and other related disciplines, you can become a contractor for a variety of trades.

According to studies by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are close to 700,000 construction jobs alone in the United States as of 2021. And this number would most likely be greater if not for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But as mentioned, the term contractor doesn’t only apply to the construction trade. In fact, a private contractor is simply an expert in a specific field who hires out under contract to fulfill a specific service. And that service can entail just about anything.

If you’re looking to go into business for yourself and you’re considering becoming a contractor, the following article will detail a few fields that you may want to consider.

Security Contractor 

Private security is big business these days. And many companies hire private contractors to be part of a specific security detail or a team used in a variety of security operations.

Security contractors often have experience in law enforcement or have extensive military training that enables them to operate under duress and otherwise stressful situations. You also need to be able to think critically and make sound and timely decisions on the fly, because your life and the lives of others may depend on it.

Security contractors are also usually found working for government entities. And in fact, the U.S. Military often arranges for private security contractors to assist in special operations, typically when dealing with foreign liaisons and the like.

Security contracting can be a lucrative and exciting field if you have the necessary skills, and you’ll also have a variety of opportunities for continued training and career growth.

Construction Contractor

As mentioned, construction contractors have the most diverse field to work in. And this is because the construction trade requires skilled workers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

Becoming a construction contractor is usually accomplished by going through years of on-the-job training, or by working your way up from a general laborer. Additionally, you also need to get licensed in the state where you plan on working in order to land the big paying jobs.

Construction contractors are also generally skilled at drafting, engineering, design elements and much more as the nature of the job requires meticulous planning and expertise. As such, many construction contractors also attend college for industrial technology, engineering, or other related fields in order to gain greater expertise.

Remember, the more education and credentials you have as a contractor, the further you can take your career.

Home Security and Electronics

Another contracting field that is largely overlooked concerns homes security and electronics installations. And you can actually make a decent living if you have a healthy understanding of electronics and home security technologies.

Most home electronics installation contractors begin as most contractors do–by learning on-the-job, or as an understudy. And this can include everything from installing surround-sound and mounting wall TVs to installing electric-strike alarm systems.

This type of contract work involves a healthy knowledge of electronics, and a familiarity with the latest home electronic technologies such as setting up virtual assistants and patching voice commands into existing lighting systems, installing video cameras, recording devices, and the like.

The life of a home installation contractor can incorporate many different elements. And if you’re more of a gadgeteer and enjoy staying informed about the latest tech, then this contracting field might be a perfect fit for you.

Your career choices as a contractor are fairly wide. And no matter what discipline you choose, you have to ensure that the work you’ll be doing is not only fulfilling for you but that you have the skill and expertise to get the job done and establish yourself as an expert in your field.



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