Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Some Preparation Needed
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.
Water tank trucks
Water spraying equipment
Water samplersAll Tools
Walk-behind compacting equipment
Vibratory plate compactors
Two way radios
Stucco spray guns
Steam cleaning equipment
Skid steer loaders
Shielded arc welding tools
Sewer rodding machines
Sewer cleaner vactors
Rough terrain forklifts
Robotic pipe cutters
Robotic pipe cleaners
Ride-on vacuum cleaners
Remote pipe cameras
Post hole augers
Liquid propane torches
Laser measuring devices
Laser guidance equipment for pipe placement
Jet trucks for cleaning sewer lines
Hydraulic track-guided wall saws
Hydraulic speed shoring equipment
Hydraulic rock drills
Hydraulic boring machines
Gas leak detection devices
Fall arrest systems
Electric boring machines
Brick carrier forks
Air monitoring equipment
Adjustable widemouth pliers
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.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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
Building and Construction
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.