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Construction Laborers

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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.


  • 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.
  • Job opportunities vary by locality, but in many areas there will be competition, especially for jobs requiring limited skills.
  • Laborers who have specialized skills or who can relocate near new construction projects should have the best opportunities.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $29,730/yr ($14.87/hr)
Job Outlook Bright
Education High School diploma