The good news is that construction is an industry that it is fairly simple and straightforward to get a job with limited or even no prior experience because entry level jobs often only require physical health, stamina, and an ability to follow simple directions. The construction trades are starting to hire again after a long slowdown due to the global financial situation.
The bad news is that there are an awful lot of foreclosed homes and commercial buildings on the market so there aren't as many new construction jobs as there will be when the economy starts to operate at full capacity again. But construction companies don't just build new buildings, they rehab old ones, and maintain existing structures.
Contractors are always looking for young people who are willing to do the dirty, heavy, thankless, and often mindless tasks that have to be done. Things like moving materials, unloading trucks, cutting parts, and cleaning job sites. It seldom pays well, at least in the beginning, the hours can be weird, often outside when its too hot or way too cold, the work is physically demanding, sometimes dangerous. and almost always with time constraints involved. Not everyone can put up with that kind of pressure and it's not for everyone. But if you are dedicated and a good worker who spends most of his time getting stuff done with a minimum of supervision, then you should be able to find a local company that needs young people to do the grunt work that supports their skilled craftspeople. Look for companies that have been in business for a while, have satisfied customers, and a track record of doing good work in their community.
Once you get a job as a laborer or helper, then you can get a much more thorough sense of what the different trades are like. There will always be a demand for electricians, painters, masons, carpet people, glazers, plumbers, and carpenters, both rough and finish, and you can make a career out of any of them. There's a real sense of pride knowing you've contributed to something so tangible and long lasting as a building, installation, or civil project. You''ll be helping to literally build your community as well as learning skills that enable you to rely less on paid professionals at home. There's honor in doing work that has been done for centuries, and even though technology, materials, and tools have changed, the basics still apply. Flat, level, square, plumb, and solid are always the benchmarks, as is hard work, honestly accomplished.
Answered By: Casey - 3/8/2012