Cement Masons

Cement masons, who usually work for contractors in the building and construction industries, apply the concrete surfaces in many different kinds of construction projects, ranging from small patios and sidewalks to highways, dams, and airport runways. Cement masons' responsibilities include building forms for holding the concrete, determining the correct mixture of ingredients, and making sure the structure is suitable to the environment. Approximately 141,910 cement masons and concrete finishers are employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Mix ingredients to create concrete; build forms for holding the concrete; apply, smooth, and finish concrete surfaces
Alternate Title(s) Concrete Masons
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Up to three years for a journeyman
  • Building/Trades
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Contractor, or Job Superintendent, or Estimator
  • Journeyman Cement Mason
  • Apprentice Cement Mason

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