Construction Laborers

Architecture & Construction > Construction

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Perform tasks involving physical labor at construction sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment and instruments. May clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, and clean up rubble, debris and other waste materials. May assist other craft workers.

Common job titles of Construction Laborers include:

Experience and Education

Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

  • 69.75% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 22.92% said they needed a Less than a High School Diploma.


    Measure, mark, or record openings or distances to layout areas where construction work will be performed.

    Apply weather-stripping to reduce energy loss.

    Tend pumps, compressors, or generators to provide power for tools, machinery, or equipment or to heat or move materials, such as asphalt.

    Place, consolidate, or protect case-in-place concrete or masonry structures.

    Clean or prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards.

    Read plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities.

    Dig ditches or trenches, backfill excavations, or compact and level earth to grade specifications, using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers, or rakes.

    Position or dismantle forms for pouring concrete, using saws, hammers, nails, or bolts.

    Provide assistance to craft workers, such as carpenters, plasterers, or masons.

    Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones.

    Mix ingredients to create compounds for covering or cleaning surfaces.

    Mop, brush, or spread paints, cleaning solutions, or other compounds over surfaces to clean them or to provide protection.

    Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications.

    Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials.

    Apply caulking compounds by hand or caulking guns to protect against entry of water or air.

    Tend machines that pump concrete, grout, cement, sand, plaster, or stucco through spray guns for application to ceilings or walls.

    Use computers or other input devices to control robotic pipe cutters or cleaners.

    Install sewer, water, or storm drain pipes, using pipe-laying machinery or laser guidance equipment.

    Smooth or finish freshly poured cement or concrete, using floats, trowels, screeds, or powered cement finishing tools.

    Lubricate, clean, or repair machinery, equipment, or tools.

    Erect or dismantle scaffolding, shoring, braces, traffic barricades, ramps, or other temporary structures.

    Position, join, align, or seal structural components, such as concrete wall sections or pipes.

    Perform building weatherization tasks, such as repairing windows, adding insulation, or applying weather-stripping materials.

    Spray materials, such as water, sand, steam, vinyl, paint, or stucco, through hoses to clean, coat, or seal surfaces.

    Grind, scrape, sand, or polish surfaces, such as concrete, marble, terrazzo, or wood flooring, using abrasive tools or machines.

    Mix, pour, or spread concrete, using portable cement mixers.

    Operate or maintain air monitoring or other sampling devices in confined or hazardous environments.

    Operate jackhammers or drills to break up concrete or pavement.

    Perform site activities required of green certified construction practices, such as implementing waste management procedures, identifying materials for reuse, or installing erosion or sedimentation control mechanisms.

    Perform construction laborer duties at green building sites, such as renewable energy plants or wind turbine installations.

    Raze buildings or salvage useful materials.

    Identify, pack, or transport hazardous or radioactive materials.

    Transport or set explosives for tunnel, shaft, or road construction.


Wire stretchers


Welding hoods

Weed sprayers

Water tank trucks

Water spraying equipment

Water samplers

All Tools

Water levels

Walk-behind saws

Walk-behind compacting equipment

Wagon drills

Vibratory plate compactors

Two way radios

Tuck pointers




Transit levels



Temperature probes


Tape measures


Swing stages

Swing chairs

Surveying rods

Suction sweepers

Stump cutters

Stucco spray guns

Steam jennies

Steam cleaning equipment

Spirit levels



Smudge pots

Smoke testers


Skid steer loaders

Sidewalk sweepers


Shielded arc welding tools

Sewer rodding machines

Sewer cleaner vactors



Scissor lifts






Saber saws

Rough terrain forklifts

Rotary hammers

Robotic pipe cutters

Robotic pipe cleaners

Road rollers

Ride-on vacuum cleaners


Remote pipe cameras

Reciprocating saws



Protective suits

Pressure washers

Power screwdrivers

Power sanders

Power drills

Power buggies

Post hole augers

Pneumatic staplers

Pneumatic drills

Plumb bobs

Plaster mixers

Plasma cutters

Pickup trucks


Pedestal grinders

Pavement breakers

Paint sprayers

Paddle mixers

Oxygen/acetylene torches

Oil distributors

Nail guns

Mud jacks

Mowing equipment

Motor graders

Mortar mixers

Mortar hoes


Measuring wheels


Masonry forklifts



Liquid propane torches


Laser screeds

Laser measuring devices

Laser levels

Laser guidance equipment for pipe placement


Kerosene burners

Jig saws

Jet trucks for cleaning sewer lines


Impact wrenches

Impact hammers

Hydraulic track-guided wall saws

Hydraulic speed shoring equipment

Hydraulic rock drills

Hydraulic chainsaws

Hydraulic boring machines

Hydraulic booms

Hole cutters


Hand trucks

Hand grinders


Hammer drills

Guniting machines

Gin poles


Gas leak detection devices



Floor saws

Floor sanders


Fencing pliers

Fall arrest systems

Electric drills

Electric boring machines

Earth tampers

Dynamite blasters

Dump trucks

Drill presses

Disc grinders

Demolition saws

Cutout saws

Cutoff saws


Crawler shovels

Coring machines

Concrete saws

Concrete pumpers

Concrete mixers

Cold chisels

Circular saws

Chipping guns

Chip spreaders

Chain saws

Caulking guns

Carpenters’ squares

Carpenters’ levels


Cable pullers

Brick tongs

Brick hammers

Brick carrier forks

Bosun chairs

Bench grinders

Belt conveyors


Bale hooks


Asphalt saws

Asphalt mops

Asphalt kettles

Air monitoring equipment

Air drills

Air compressors

Adjustable wrenches

Adjustable widemouth pliers


Autodesk Revit


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.


Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.

Physical Abilities › Physical Strength Abilities › Static Strength

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