Careers in Concrete

Chico Alcatraz 2011 (11)The concrete industry – a $200 billion industry that employs more than 500,000 people – uses cutting-edge technology to meet the needs of the developers, engineers, architects, city planners, departments of transportation and others who in turn work to meet environmental, community and safety requirements. Concrete is used more innovatively than ever before, creating an urgent need for individuals that possess both focused concrete technology skills and a broad education to move the industry forward.

When concrete is required, there have to be professionals trained in concrete technology, operations and management. The concrete industry is looking to the CIM program to develop the workforce for these important roles, forming the framework for the future of the concrete industry. Even with the recent recession’s imact on building industries worldwide, CIM graduates enjoy a robust employment and retention rate. Career opportunities include:

Sales and Marketing

  • Concrete products
  • Materials used to produced concrete
  • Equipment used in concrete production and construction

Production Management

  • Ready mixed concrete plants
  • Concrete pipe plants
  • Concrete block plants
  • Precast/ Prestressed plants
  • Quarry operations

Technical Service

  • Concrete expert in architectural or engineering firm
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control manager
  • Concrete specialist in a government agency
  • Concrete trouble shooter

Product Distribution

  • Inventory control manager
  • Cement terminal manager

Entrepreneur

  • Concrete contractor
  • Specialty concrete contractor
  • Concrete consultant
  • Freelance technical writer
  • Other small business opportunities

Human Resources Management

  • Recruitment specialist
  • Training and development specialist
  • Employee benefits specialist

Association Management

  • Promotion manager
  • Technical consultant
  • Executive director
  • Member services director

Contact Nicole Maher, Senior Vice President of Industry Relations and Special Programs, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, at 240-485-1158 or nmaher@nrmca.org.