Career Detail

Construction Worker
“Build It”
Performs various tasks at building, highway, construction, residential, commercial and demolition sites.
The Job
Construction laborers can be found on almost all construction sites performing a wide range of tasks from the very easy to the potentially hazardous. They may remove trees and debris, tend pumps, compressors and generators, and build forms for pouring concrete. They erect and disassemble scaffolding and other temporary structures. They load, unload, identify, and distribute building materials to the appropriate location according to project plans and specifications.
Work Environment
Some work at great heights, or outdoors in all weather conditions. Some jobs expose workers to harmful materials or chemicals, fumes, odors, loud noise, or dangerous machinery.
College Majors
Minimum Qualifications
Many construction laborer jobs require a variety of basic skills, but others require specialized training and experience. Most construction laborers learn on the job, but formal apprenticeship programs provide the most thorough preparation.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Many of the jobs they perform require physical strength, training, and experience.
Quick Facts
  • Construction laborers often work as part of a team with other skilled craftworkers.
  • Construction laborers generally work 8-hour shifts.
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research, Internet:
Compensation and Outlook
Median hourly earnings of wage and salary construction laborers in May 2006 were $12.66. The middle 50 percent earned between $9.95 and $17.31. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.16, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $24.19.
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