This is my second publication on Lamudi -Nigeria’s largest online property marketplace. We were recently enlisted as one of their columnist and in this post, I talked about 10 Career Opportunities in the Nigerian Construction Industry.
10 Career Opportunities in the Nigerian Construction Industry
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 350,000 houses.
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!
2. Civil Engineer
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 general public.
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.
3. Quantity Surveyor
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 abandonment.
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 against.
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.
What are you waiting for? Shouldn’t you be sending out your CVs to them by now?