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CONSTRUCTION LABORER: Before I Didn't Know Anything, But Now I Know A Lot

About this video 

Gabino works as a general laborer on a construction site.
He shares with us what type of work he does and explains what he's presently doing on that site, as well as how many years in been working in this industry. Although Gabino has limited
English speaking skills, he effectively communicates why he thinks the construction field is a good one to get into if you're over 18, especially if you belong to a union.

Job Title: Construction Laborer

Job Summary: Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other

Job Description

Construction laborers and helpers do many basic tasks that require physical labor on construction sites. Construction laborers and helpers do many basic tasks that require physical labor on construction sites. Helpers assist construction craftworkers, such as electricians and carpenters, with a variety of basic tasks. They may carry tools and materials or help set up equipment. For example, many helpers work with cement masons to move and set forms. Many other helpers assist with taking apart equipment, cleaning up sites, and disposing of waste, as well as helping with any other needs of craftworkers.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Vary by Specialty.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $35,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Home, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Teamwork, Technical skills, Strength/stamina, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

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