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|10 Career Opportunities In The Nigerian Construction Industry by google1(m): 9:34pm On Sep 18, 2015|
The following Career Opportunities are available for you
to take advantage of in the Nigerian Construction
Industry due to the recent increase of construction
activities in the Nigerian economy.
Nigeria is undoubtedly one of the fastest urbanizing
countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Close to 50% of
Nigeria’s population now live in urban areas that heralds
more demand for infrastructure. In response to this
growing need for housing, the Government in alignment
with their vision 2020 goals is aiming to build as many as
For architects, these houses literally equals to 350,000
architectural designs. Meaning, there’s an enormous
demand for more architects in Nigeria. They will never be
short on demand as long as the Nigerian population
keeps on increasing, there will be need for houses and
those houses need to be first designed by an architect
before they are built.
With more buildings being erected and more public
infrastructures being constructed, certainly there will be
more construction sites to be managed across Nigeria.
This is the role of the builder.
They are the on-site professionals who supervise the
actual construction process to ensure that work being
done by the construction companies or contractors are
in accordance to the designs and plans of both the
architects and civil engineers.
They are not the same thing as project managers as you
will soon discover below. Their work is to supervise the
work of the contractors to ensure that they adhere to
the construction designs and plans.
As Nigeria’s urbanization trend continues, not only will
residential buildings be in high demand, so also will be
other infrastructural amenities such as roads, rails,
bridges, canals, dams, drainage, water supply system,
pavements, airports, public structures, and other
physical and natural infrastructures that benefit the
Civil engineering is the professional discipline that is
responsible for designing and planning all these physical
and natural environmental infrastructures. They define all
the whole aspects of the infrastructural projects from
the materials to use, to the construction equipment, and
also ensuring that construction related laws and
regulations are followed.
Construction projects costs a lot of money and without
an adequate understanding and estimation of the varying
costs associated with construction projects, contractors
can run out of budget and face the risk of project
This is where Quantity Surveyors come in handy; they
are the professionals responsible for figuring out just
what a construction project is going to cost. Quantity
surveyors have this title because they prepare a
‘schedule of quantities’ — estimates of the material and
labour costs — that contractors’ quote can be measured
The implication of this for charting a career in the
Nigerian construction industry is simple; government as
well as private investors before embarking on any
construction projects will need to carry out a feasibility
study that will inform them of the project costs.
Meaning for as many quantity surveyors out there,
government and private investors are counting on your
skills to help them figure out how much their proposed
construction projects will cost.
5. Facilities Manager
All the structures that are going to be developed are
eventually going to be utilized for the purpose which
they were created. And as people begin to use these
structures, they will certainly require regular up keeping
such as; cleaning, repairs and maintenance etc.
The professionals charged with this responsibility are the
facility managers. Facilities managers ensure the smooth
running of buildings, such as; office blocks, arenas,
schools, convention centers, shopping complexes,
hospitals, hotels, stadium, etc.
With the ongoing increase of infrastructural development
in Nigeria, more public structures will need the services
of facilities managers. Charting your career along this
profession can land you a job with any property
development company where you can be assigned the
responsibility of taking care of their public facilities as
well as that of their clients.
6. Project Manager
On a construction site, the PM –project manager is the
The construction project manager is not only responsible
for planning the work and making sure it gets done, but
also supervising the people who do it. That means
coordinating and directing the efforts of construction
workers. It also means hiring, disciplining and perhaps
even firing those who step out of line.
In other words, it’s the PM’s job to get the work done
through other people. In this and in many other ways,
the PM is no different than a manager in any other job
The career opportunities for project managers in Nigeria
is directly linked to the increasing infrastructural projects
being undertaken by the government as well as private
investors. Meaning that for every construction project
that is to be undertaken within any given period, there’s
an opportunity awaiting you to become the project
7. Electrical/ Electronics Engineer
Residential buildings will need power, who doesn’t want
to live in a well lit, well powered environment? So also
will roads need light, as well as airports, railway stations
and other public and environmental infrastructures.
The professionals charged with this responsibility of
designing, planning and supervising all the power related
tasks of a construction project are the electrical/
electronic engineers. The main role of electrical
engineers in construction projects is to supervise the
electricians in handling all the electrical works
considering the safety and quality requirements.
So if you are an electrical engineer, or wish to build a
career in electrical engineering, the Nigerian construction
space is teeming with projects that require your
8. Structural Engineer
Structural engineering — a specialty within the field of
civil engineering — focuses on the framework of
structures, and on designing those structures to
withstand the stresses and pressures of their
environment and remain safe, stable and secure
throughout their use. In other words, structural engineers
make sure that buildings don’t fall down and bridges
Within the Nigerian context, to ensure that all the
350,000 proposed housing projects in accordance with
the vision 2020 development goals, are built to last,
structural engineers will be in high demand.
Also, to meet up with the current urbanization trends in
the country, structural engineers will be needed to
ensure that the public infrastructures being erected are
safe, stable and secure throughout their use.
9. Health and Safety Manager
With more construction sites comes more risk and
danger, especially to the people working on these
construction sites as well as the neighboring residents.
Meaning there will be a growing need for health and
safety managers on every construction site across
Nigeria, who will be hired to work on either government
or privately sponsored projects.
They will be responsible for protecting construction
workers’ health and safety by making sure potential risks
and dangers on the construction sites are properly
controlled. They ensure employers comply with all
aspects of health and safety laws and that workplaces
are not the cause off ill-health, injury or even death.
10. Waste Consultant
It’s obvious as the Nigerian urbanization trend keeps
increasing, and more houses are being built, more roads,
more bridges and more rails are being constructed, the
amount of waste created as a result of all these
infrastructural projects will increase.
So who will be responsible for managing all these
That’s where waste management consultancy comes in;
they provide practical advice to construction managers
and engineers on all waste prevention, minimization,
reuse, recycling, energy recovering and final disposal.
You can tap into this opportunity and begin to acquire
relevant skills and training to position yourself as a waste
management consultant. Not only will you increase your
odds of being employed, you can also venture out on
your own as an entrepreneur selling your waste
management expertise to private companies as well as
There are still many other career opportunities that the
Nigerian construction industry offers that is not listed
here. It is high time Nigerian job seekers start paying
attention to the Nigerian construction industry for career
opportunities because it is yet an untapped industry.
|Re: 10 Career Opportunities In The Nigerian Construction Industry by jazinogold(m): 10:13pm On Sep 18, 2015|
were u put geotechnical engineers n engineering geologist!
tell me aw u wan build that estate n skyscrapers without their soil test report!
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