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Construction and built environment

Construction is one of the country's biggest and most varied sectors. It's also one of Scotland's key industries for meeting green targets.

What impact could you make?

Get involved in creating, building and improving the world around us. You'll see the results of your work on a grand scale.
It's not all about building sites. A career in construction could see you work in an office or at home.
Help make our homes more energy efficient, and work towards saving the planet!
In years to come, you can look back and say you were part of that process that formed the towns and cities around you and the people you know.Daniel Building Standards Team Manager, City of Edinburgh Council 

Construction and built environment at a glance

Construction is one of Scotland’s growing industries. The area is modernising its processes, shifting towards using digital tools, designing SMART buildings and bringing in new methods of construction and data management tools. These new ways of working mean construction contributes towards a greener society.


In 2023, there were around 197,400 people employed in Scotland. 

Job availability

Between 2023 and 2026, it's expected there will be 20,100 people needed to fill job openings in Scotland.

Job diversity

As of October 2023, there are 12,298 Modern Apprentices in Scotland training in construction.


Things you may not know about construction and built environment

It’s estimated that four out of five buildings that we’ll use in 2050 already exist. The sector is focusing on adapting these buildings to be ready for the future!

Source: Mckinsey and Company

It took 23,000 miles of cable to create the Queensferry Crossing – that's enough to stretch across the planet!

Source: Transport Scotland

You could use Virtual Reality (VR) tools in your construction career. It’s expected the use of digital tools will grow across the industry.

Source: Draw and Code

Organisations making a difference

Discover some of the organisations within construction and built environment and how they’re making an impact in the industry.