How To Build A Career In Design And Construction Industry In 2021

If you want to be successful in this industry, you will need to have an analytical mind, superior communication skills, knack for numbers and an eye for details.

Whether you are mulling over a career change or looking for the right vocation just fresh out of college, these are exciting times to prepare yourself and get a foothold in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. The AEC landscape is witnessing a boom, with high employment rates and bright prospects here in India and around the world. The demand for a rightly-trained skilled workforce is increasing to keep up with the continuing influx of technology. Use of augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR), sustainable and green construction, modular and prefabricated structures, and construction management software is in – acumen with Building Information Modelling (BIM) has transitioned from being considered a good-to-have-skill to a necessary prerequisite.

To put this reality into perspective, let us consider the example of BIM. According to Dublin-based Thinktank Globe Newswire, “The Global Building Information Modeling Market is projected to grow from $4.5 billion in 2020 to 8.8 billion by 2025, with a CAGR of 14.5%.”

Post the Hackitt Review on building safety and BIM has become mandatory in all high-rise residential projects in the UK. At least BIM Level 2 is required for all government projects as part of the Digital Built Britain drive spearheaded in collaboration with the University of Cambridge. In Wisconsin, public projects with a budgetary allocation of 5 million dollars or more need to compulsorily implement BIM – and more of the US states are following suit. Digital India has joined the fray along with several other countries in the APAC and Scandinavian regions. BIM compliance is expected to be standard for all construction projects in the coming years.

What role can you play in an AEC company?

● Architectural Engineer

● BIM Manager,

● BIM Modeler,

● BIM Coordinator,

● Revit Modeler Architecture,

● CAD Draughtsman or CAD Drafter,

● Structural Engineer,

● MEP Engineer,

● and more

The opportunities are endless as the AEC marketplace is at the proverbial inflection point today.

What do you need?

If you want to be successful in this industry, you will need to have an analytical mind, superior communication skills, knack for numbers and an eye for details. You will also need to have a range of practical, industry-based skills that will prepare you for the fast-paced and ever-changing world of design and construction.

What will your day-to-day operational tasks include?

● Modelling or interpreting the models prepared by computer-aided software

● Applying building codes and standards to job sites

● Preparation of contracts and Evaluation project tenders

● Researching, producing, or reviewing Cost Estimates

● Apply innovation in Sustainable Design and Construction Techniques

● Managing construction projects

Where to begin?

The Indian construction industry is quite formidable for its largely unmanaged portfolio. However, with the changing times, numerous organizations are forthcoming with renewed energy, transformational attitude, and advanced technology. Be it small or large scale business, construction companies are opting for digital-driven solutions such as BIM, CAD, AI, AR/VR, and more.

So, if amidst this, you are unaware of where to begin, you must first approach a counsellor or an academy that offers specialized courses, or read about where your interests lie. Most of the architecture/construction-related courses require having an engineering background, and so before choosing to switch your careers, see where your knowledge on the subject matter can come to use, and then accordingly get trained in respective subjects. Whichever profile you choose, ensure that you get formal training in industry-required and latest software technologies apart from getting theoretical knowledge. Working on live-projects and understanding the market trends will add even more value to your profile.

If you have relevant experience and want to expand your portfolio, start building on the software you already know of, start reading about the industry trends, interact with industry experts from across the globe, work on international projects, understand country construction codes, or just take an advanced course to upgrade your knowledge.


There are over 10,000 job openings for BIM managers and other construction-related profiles in India alone. There will never be a better time to kickstart your career in the design and construction industry, as the demand and need for skilled professionals is increasing.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house

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