Construction Laborers

Construction laborers do a variety of tasks at the construction sites of buildings, highways, bridges, and other public and private building projects. Depending on the type of project, construction laborers may carry materials used by craft workers, clean up debris, operate cement mixers, or lay and seal together lengths of sewer pipe, among other duties. They also are involved in hazardous waste/environmental remediation. Approximately 824,970 construction laborers are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Construction Workers
Duties Load and unload materials, clean up debris, and perform other duties at construction sites
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Skilled Construction Worker
  • Construction Laborer
  • Apprentice

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