Construction Laborer

About the job: Usually offered as a full-time job, construction laborers help in the construction site with a median annual wage of $34,810 in May 2018. Construction laborers are considered as “skilled laborers”. Its job outlook is 12%, which is considered faster than the average jobs in the U.S. The demand is influenced by the numerous construction projects of houses, factories, power plants, school, and office buildings.

Where will you work: will work mainly at construction sites, building, houses, or where there is need to make infrastructure.

What will you do: Construction labors usually do the following:

  • Help the craftworkers, roofers, painters, electricians, carpenters, and other workers in the site
  • Follow the plans and instructions given by supervisors and seasoned workers
  • Operate construction equipment and machines
  • Prepare for the construction by digging trenches, backfilling holes, or compacting earth
  • Make or remove brace, scaffold, and other short-term structures
  • Remove the debris and possible hazards

The job is considered as physically taxing and to some extent requires safety measures at all times to ensure safety among workers.

How to Become a Construction Laborer: Despite formal education being not essential in this job, high school vocation classes such as mathematics, welding, blueprint, woodwork, and helpful, but not totally a requirement. Aside from these the following training will be very useful for this job:

  • Tunneling
  • Building construction
  • Pipeline construction
  • Masonry
  • Landscaping
  • Deconstruction and demolition

Job skills / requirements: Aside from laborers who eliminate hazmat or hazardous materials, training to related responsibilities is a must. But generally, these are the basic needs of the job:

  • Mathematical skills
  • Mechanical skills in operating construction equipment
  • Strength, stamina, color vision

Industry: construction

Minimum age: The minimum age is 18.

Expected wage: The pay is roughly $16.74 per hour as the job is physically demanding

Related jobs: Carpenters; Masonry Workers; Electricians’ Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters; Flooring Installers and Tile, and Marble Setters; Painters, Construction, and Maintenance; Ground Maintenance Workers; Material Moving Machine Operators; Masonry Workers

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