Julia Morgan was the first female to graduate Berkeley’s Civil Engineering and she was the first female architect in California.  She designed more than 700 buildings in California during a long and prolific career. She is best known for her work as architect and construction manager of Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.


We hope to inspire girls (and boys) about careers in the construction industry. We invite industry professionals to talk about their career choice at our high school Julia Morgan Clubs.  We hold events that allow students to learn about the abundance and depth of careers in construction, engineering and architecture and see the professionalism and technology of our industry.

Construction Fields

Not sure which one to choose: architecture, construction or engineering? What do they do? Who earns what? How long is the training? We've made selecting which field to study easy by posting some general facts about different careers in each field. Just click on a tab below for more information on careers in that field.

  • Architecture

    Below is list of the different types of careers available in architecture. We've highlighted some important facts to consider when choosing which area is best for you. Once you've narrowed it down, check out other useful pages to help you launch your success!


    Annual salary range: $44,000 – $120,000

    Description: Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.

    Landscape Architect

    Annual salary range: $37,000 - $99,000

    Description: Plan and design land areas for projects such as parks and other recreational facilities, airports, highways, hospitals, schools, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial, and residential sites.

    Architectural & Civil Drafters

    Annual salary range: $31,000 - $73,000

    Description: Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.

    Architectural Manager

    Annual salary range: $78,000 - $186,000

    Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in architecture or research and development in architecture.

    Interior Designer

    Annual salary range: $31,000 - $66,000

    Description: An interior designer is someone who plans, researches, coordinates, and manages such projects. Interior design is a multifaceted profession that includes conceptual development, space planning, site inspections, programming, research, communicating with the stakeholders of a project, construction management, and execution of the design.

  • Construction

    There are many types of work needed to build roads, buildings, and homes.  Here are a very few:

    Construction Manager

    Annual salary range: $46,000 - $96,000

    Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate, usual through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems.

    Structural Iron and Steel Workers

    Annual salary range: $30,000 - $130,000

    Description: Raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks.


    Annual salary range: $30,000 - $83,000

    Description: Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.

    Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters

    Annual salary range: $30,000 - $83,000

    Description: Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases.  May install heating and cooling equipment.


    Annual salary range: $35,000 - $92,000

    Description: Make exact measurements and determine property boundaries.  Provide date relevant to the shape, contour, gravitation, location, or dimension of land or land features.

  • Engineering

     Below is a list of different careers available in the field of engineering. We've highlighted a few important facts about each career.

    Civil Engineer

    Annual salary range: $47,000 - $93,000

    Description: Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, pipelines, power plants, water, and sewage.

    Environment Engineer

    Annual salary range: $47,000 - $95,000

    Description: Research, design, plan or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines.

    Electrical Engineer

    Annual salary range: $53,000 - $100,000

    Description: Research, design, develop, test or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components or systems for commercial, industrial, military or scientific us.

    Mechanical Engineer

    Annual salary range: $50,000 - $93,000

    Description: Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment.  Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.

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College? Apprenticeship? What's the difference?

State College

  • 4 year program
  • Must have GED or High School Diploma
  • Annual cost of tuition, books, transport: $11,000+ (assume live at home – no rent/food cost)
  • Bachelor’s Degree – engineering, architecture, Construction management


  • 4 to 5 year program
  • Must have GED or High School Diploma
  • Training includes full time employment with benefits
  • Tuition if free.  Cost for books can be $1000+
  • Journeyman

Education- Scholarships, Colleges, Apprenticeships and High Schools


Below lists some of the local colleges, apprenticeships and high schools that have construction-related education programs.  Various industry associations, schools and businesses show their commitment to further education by offering lucrative scholarships and grants to qualified and deserving students. Click on a tab below for more information.





Women's Construction Coalition

9187 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 6-740

San Diego, CA 92123

(858) 848-1WCC (1922)


Women’s Construction Coalition

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