Snow Hill, NC, April 19, 2011 -- Jim Sadler, FEMA surveys the Genesis Subdivision  during a preliminary damage assessment in Snow Hill, North Carolina following the severe storms and deadly tornadoes of April 16, 2011. David Fine/FEMA
Photographer: David Fine Snow Hill, NC, April 19, 2011 -- Jim Sadler, FEMA surveys the Genesis Subdivision during a preliminary damage assessment in Snow Hill, North Carolina following the severe storms and deadly tornadoes of April 16, 2011. David Fine/FEMA

On the heels of the Great Recession, I had to find a job. With 20 years of home building behind me, there was little else I knew well enough by which to make a decent income. Want ads for experienced home builders didn't exist, but I found that skills honed in construction and remodeling provided a good base for careers in real estate sales, building inspections, and property insurance adjustments. I explored all three.

If you're looking for a career change today, it's likely not because of a sluggish construction economy; things have picked up. But your knees and elbows may need a break, or you may have other reasons to trade in the toolbox for a briefcase. Let's face it, construction is a younger man's game. It's also fraught with risk and uncertainty, even...

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