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CONSTRUCTION LABORER: You Have To Help Out Other People; We're In It Together

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Fernando shares his story about being a construction laborer.
He says he got into this job because his father, who has been in the field for 20 years, put in a good word in for him. But that doesn't mean Fernando has an easy ride. He shares with us the different type of manual labor he doing and says that although he plans to go to school this job is giving him valuable hands-on experience. He also gives advice to those thinking of getting into the construction as a laborer.

Job Title: 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
Home, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Strength/stamina, Technical skills, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands, Teamwork

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<span m='13460'>it's</span> <span m='13740'>not</span> <span m='14040'>hard for all of us,</span> <span m='14450'>so</span> <span m='14860'>you've got to</span> <span m='15130'>cooperate with</span> <span m='15370'>everybody</span> <span m='15770'>else.</span> <span m='16079'>Keep moving,</span> <span m='16513'>you</span> <span m='16947'>can't be standing still.</span> </p><p><span m='19120'>Not</span> <span m='19370'>sore,</span> <span m='19540'>it's</span> <span m='19700'>not</span> <span m='20040'>actually</span> <span m='20490'>like</span> <span m='21210'>you're</span> <span m='21430'>dead</span> <span m='21660'>sore.</span> <span m='22460'>It's</span> <span m='22820'>just</span> <span m='23290'>hard</span> <span m='23640'>work,</span> <span m='23810'>sweaty</span> <span m='23910'>work.</span> <span m='24460'>Muddy.</span> <span m='24840'>You</span> <span m='25300'>get</span> <span m='25510'>dirty,</span> <span m='26425'>but at</span> <span m='26790'>the</span> <span m='27090'>end of the</span> <span m='27160'>day,</span> <span m='27950'>you're going to look back</span> <span m='28440'>like,</span> <span m='28800'>aw,</span> <span m='28860'>you done</span> <span m='29070'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='30210'>That's</span> <span m='30380'>it, that's all</span> <span m='30740'>I'm</span> <span m='30890'>learning.</span> <span m='31250'>I'm</span> <span m='31870'>just learning how to</span> <span m='32250'>do</span> <span m='32360'>everything.</span> <span m='33170'>They're</span> <span m='33270'>teaching</span> <span m='33660'>me as</span> <span m='33760'>much</span> <span m='34160'>as they</span> <span m='34450'>can.</span> <span m='35770'>Hands-on</span> <span m='36130'>training,</span> <span m='37010'>not</span> <span m='37330'>going</span> <span m='37540'>into</span> <span m='37630'>the</span> <span m='38020'>programs</span> <span m='38400'>yet.</span> <span m='39610'>I</span> <span m='39690'>will</span> <span m='39850'>have</span> <span m='40010'>to</span> <span m='40080'>go</span> <span m='40220'>to school</span> <span m='40510'>eventually</span> <span m='40780'>but</span> <span m='41050'>this is</span> <span m='41385'>hands</span> <span m='41720'>on</span> <span m='41930'>more,</span> <span m='42110'>so I can</span> <span m='42660'>actually</span> <span m='43010'>be in</span> <span m='43270'>the</span> <span m='43350'>field</span> <span m='43730'>and learning.</span> </p><p><span m='44370'>Well,</span> <span m='44690'>my</span> <span m='45360'>father's</span> <span m='45640'>been here</span> <span m='45980'>for</span> <span m='46130'>20</span> <span m='46360'>years.</span> <span m='47540'>He</span> <span m='47950'>put in</span> <span m='48360'>a</span> <span m='48770'>good</span> <span m='49120'>word</span> <span m='49820'>and</span> <span m='50010'>I</span> <span m='50320'>eventually</span> <span m='50580'>got</span> <span m='50860'>in.</span> <span m='51370'>My</span> <span m='51640'>advice</span> <span m='52090'>is,</span> <span m='54510'>I</span> <span m='54610'>don't want to</span> <span m='55050'>make</span> <span m='55220'>it</span> <span m='55678'>sound bad, but</span> <span m='57510'>you come in, you</span> <span m='57930'>got</span> <span m='58060'>to</span> <span m='58150'>know</span> <span m='58880'>more</span> <span m='59180'>than</span> <span m='60288'>anything.</span> <span m='61184'>You've got to</span> <span m='63090'>actually</span> <span m='63500'>learn how</span> <span m='63620'>to</span> <span m='63870'>use</span> <span m='64280'>tools and</span> <span m='64410'>know</span> <span m='64530'>what</span> <span m='64650'>they're</span> <span m='64750'>called</span> <span m='65180'>before you</span> <span m='65360'>come</span> <span m='65580'>in</span> <span m='65960'>and</span> <span m='66391'>not know at all.</span> <span m='66822'>So</span> <span m='67253'>you've</span> <span m='67684'>got</span> <span m='68115'>to know what</span> <span m='68546'>stuff</span> <span m='68980'>is,</span> <span m='69315'>where stuff goes,</span> <span m='69650'>basic</span> <span m='70300'>stuff</span> <span m='70555'>like</span> <span m='70810'>that.</span> <span m='71720'>You've</span> <span m='72175'>got</span> <span m='72630'>to know</span> <span m='73085'>everything.</span> <span m='74450'>Know</span> <span m='74905'>everything</span> <span m='75360'>before</span> <span m='75630'>you're</span> <span m='75900'>asked,</span> <span m='76930'>know</span> <span m='77070'>what</span> <span m='77200'>you</span> <span m='77280'>got</span> <span m='77460'>do</span> <span m='77760'>before</span> <span m='78060'>they tell you what to</span> <span m='78360'>do.</span> <span m='78960'>That's</span> <span m='79260'>what</span> <span m='79560'>I</span> <span m='79860'>advise</span> </p>","file":{"id":290502,"video_id":"2710980683001","name":"1170-Fernando-p-ConstructionLaborer","duration":81201,"thumbnail_url":null}});