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CONSTRUCTION LABORER: I Can Build Just About Anything

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Darrel shares his story about being a construction laborer.
He calls himself a "gopher" because he performs so many different duties on the job. Darrel says he got into this line of work because he father was also in construction. He can now build just about anything he puts his mind to. His advice: think about safety, because this is a dangerous job.

Job Title: Construction Laborer

Job Summary: Construction Laborers

Job Description

Construction laborers do a variety of construction-related activities during all phases of construction. Although most laborers are generalists—such as those who install barricades, erect scaffolds, set up cones, and markers to control traffic patterns—many others specialize. For example, those who operate the machines and equipment that lay concrete or asphalt on roads are more likely to specialize in those areas.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Vary by Specialty.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $40,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Seasonal
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Mathematical skills, Strength/stamina, Technical skills

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