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CONCRETE COMPANY OWNER: It's Very Physical Work, Sooner Or later It Takes Its Toll On Your Body

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CB, is the Owner of a concrete company. He shares what a typical day looks like for him, his career path and he provides advice for those considering getting into this sector of the construction business. He has been in this line of work for at least two decades and says the physical nature of the job will eventually take its toll on your body, so he decided to go back to school to become a criminal defense attorney.

Degree: Criminal Justice
Job Title: Concrete Company Owner
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers

Job Description

Cement masons pour, smooth, and finish concrete floors, sidewalks, roads, and curbs. They may color concrete surfaces, expose aggregate (small stones) in walls and sidewalks, or make concrete beams, columns, and panels. Using a cement mixture. Concrete work is fast paced and strenuous and often involves kneeling, bending, and reaching.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $80,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 34 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Seasonal
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Strength/stamina, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Apprenticeship
Recommended majors
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Construction Trades
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m='16460'>make</span> <span m='16690'>sure</span> <span m='17150'>what</span> <span m='17410'>I'm</span> <span m='17550'>up</span> <span m='17670'>against,</span> <span m='18840'>what</span> <span m='19020'>elements</span> <span m='19530'>I</span> <span m='19640'>have</span> <span m='19790'>to</span> <span m='19910'>deal</span> <span m='20170'>with.</span> </p><p><span m='21110'>And</span> <span m='22290'>depending</span> <span m='22670'>on</span> <span m='22760'>whether</span> <span m='23060'>I'm</span> <span m='23210'>pouring</span> <span m='23690'>concrete,</span> <span m='24040'>or</span> <span m='24430'>setting</span> <span m='24790'>forms,</span> <span m='25310'>or</span> <span m='25410'>just</span> <span m='25710'>excavating,</span> <span m='26490'>or</span> <span m='27030'>what</span> <span m='27240'>phase</span> <span m='27550'>of</span> <span m='27630'>the</span> <span m='27740'>job</span> <span m='28100'>I'm</span> <span m='28230'>at,</span> <span m='28820'>I'm</span> <span m='29190'>up and</span> <span m='29690'>at 'em.</span> <span m='29980'>at</span> <span m='30270'>about</span> <span m='30600'>probably</span> <span m='31140'>7</span> <span m='31540'>o'clock</span> <span m='32020'>I'm</span> <span m='32200'>out</span> <span m='32350'>on</span> <span m='32490'>the</span> <span m='32610'>job</span> <span m='33512'>and</span> <span m='34900'>making</span> <span m='35200'>sure</span> <span m='35540'>that</span> <span m='35760'>the</span> <span m='35820'>guys</span> <span m='36240'>are</span> <span m='36310'>doing</span> <span m='36590'>what</span> <span m='36740'>they're</span> <span m='36860'>supposed</span> <span m='37290'>to</span> <span m='37410'>do.</span> <span m='37780'>And</span> <span m='38710'>making</span> <span m='38860'>sure</span> <span m='39110'>that</span> <span m='39240'>we're</span> <span m='39390'>moving</span> <span m='39750'>along</span> <span m='40430'>towards</span> <span m='41070'>completion</span> <span m='41840'>of</span> <span m='41910'>the</span> <span m='42040'>job,</span> <span m='42790'>like</span> <span m='42950'>I</span> <span m='42990'>say,</span> <span m='43250'>depending</span> <span m='43640'>on</span> <span m='43810'>what</span> <span m='44040'>phase</span> <span m='44430'>of</span> <span m='44500'>the</span> <span m='44610'>job</span> <span m='44920'>we're</span> <span m='45370'>at.</span> <span m='45880'>But</span> <span m='46140'>that</span> <span m='46300'>includes</span> <span m='46810'>digging,</span> <span m='47380'>or</span> <span m='48040'>setting</span> <span m='48480'>forms,</span> <span m='49230'>or</span> <span m='49920'>putting</span> <span m='50240'>in</span> <span m='50410'>Rebar,</span> <span m='51090'>or</span> <span m='51620'>whatever,</span> <span m='52860'>depending</span> <span m='53110'>on</span> <span m='53240'>what</span> <span m='53440'>phase</span> <span m='53720'>you're at.</span> <span m='54140'>Or</span> <span m='54530'>actually</span> <span m='54950'>the</span> <span m='55200'>pouring</span> <span m='55510'>of</span> <span m='55740'>the concrete,</span> <span m='56550'>which</span> <span m='56810'>is</span> <span m='56960'>really,</span> <span m='57530'>really</span> <span m='57760'>hectic.</span> </p><p><span m='58560'>My</span> <span m='58750'>father</span> <span m='59160'>pours</span> <span m='59580'>concrete.</span> <span m='60440'>He's</span> <span m='60870'>poured</span> <span m='61300'>concrete</span> <span m='61730'>my</span> <span m='61870'>whole</span> <span m='62130'>life.</span> <span m='62760'>He</span> <span m='62870'>retired</span> <span m='63280'>from</span> <span m='63480'>the</span> <span m='63570'>union.</span> <span m='64460'>He has</span> <span m='64920'>50</span> <span m='65230'>years</span> <span m='65660'>in.</span> <span m='66640'>So</span> <span m='67810'>I</span> <span m='67910'>didn't</span> <span m='68130'>quite</span> <span m='68450'>want</span> <span m='68610'>to</span> <span m='68710'>do</span> <span m='68890'>50</span> <span m='69230'>years</span> <span m='69610'>like</span> <span m='69830'>my</span> <span m='69950'>father,</span> <span m='70450'>but</span> <span m='73640'>I</span> <span m='73740'>worked</span> <span m='74060'>in it</span> <span m='74180'>a</span> <span m='74390'>number</span> <span m='74720'>of</span> <span m='74800'>years,</span> <span m='75110'>probably</span> <span m='75510'>20,</span> <span m='75996'>25,</span> <span m='76482'>30,</span> <span m='76968'>maybe even</span> <span m='77940'>35</span> <span m='78430'>years.</span> </p><p><span m='79560'>And</span> <span m='82210'>it's</span> <span m='82480'>just</span> <span m='82620'>hard</span> <span m='82880'>on</span> <span m='82990'>the</span> <span m='83070'>body.</span> <span m='85490'>It's</span> <span m='85660'>not</span> <span m='86020'>for</span> <span m='86210'>the</span> <span m='86340'>light</span> <span m='86580'>hearted.</span> <span m='87160'>So</span> <span m='87832'>it's a</span> <span m='88170'>very</span> <span m='88500'>physical</span> <span m='88990'>job,</span> <span m='90000'>and</span> <span m='90550'>sooner</span> <span m='91010'>or</span> <span m='91090'>later it</span> <span m='91460'>takes</span> <span m='91770'>its</span> <span m='91910'>toll</span> <span m='92240'>on</span> <span m='92400'>your</span> <span m='92520'>body</span> <span m='92920'>and you</span> <span m='93150'>realize</span> <span m='93740'>that</span> <span m='93880'>you</span> <span m='94010'>can't</span> <span m='94300'>do</span> <span m='94470'>it</span> <span m='94590'>forever.</span> <span m='95890'>So</span> <span m='96280'>if</span> <span m='96390'>you're</span> <span m='96510'>smart,</span> <span m='97280'>you</span> <span m='97430'>want</span> <span m='97730'>to</span> <span m='97840'>have</span> <span m='98070'>a</span> <span m='98110'>few</span> <span m='98350'>other</span> <span m='98600'>eggs</span> <span m='98830'>in</span> <span m='98930'>your</span> <span m='99070'>basket.</span> </p><p><span m='99590'>So</span> <span m='99920'>that</span> <span m='100400'>led</span> <span m='100670'>me</span> <span m='100780'>back</span> <span m='101060'>to</span> <span m='101150'>school.</span> <span m='102290'>And</span> <span m='102660'>I</span> <span m='102860'>went</span> <span m='103140'>back</span> <span m='104210'>thinking</span> <span m='104530'>that</span> <span m='104720'>I</span> <span m='104770'>would</span> <span m='105390'>become</span> <span m='105760'>a</span> <span m='107200'>personal</span> <span m='107580'>trainer</span> <span m='108040'>or</span> <span m='108370'>a</span> <span m='108600'>masseuse,</span> <span m='109950'>and</span> <span m='110180'>I</span> <span m='110250'>dabbled</span> <span m='110730'>in</span> <span m='110830'>that</span> <span m='111070'>for</span> <span m='111320'>a</span> <span m='111410'>while.</span> <span m='111890'>You</span> <span m='112020'>know,</span> <span m='112150'>I</span> <span m='112250'>took</span> <span m='112530'>some</span> <span m='112710'>of</span> <span m='112750'>the</span> <span m='112830'>classes</span> <span m='113135'>that</span> <span m='113440'>were</span> <span m='113520'>required.</span> <span m='114190'>But</span> <span m='114390'>education</span> <span m='115010'>has</span> <span m='115200'>always</span> <span m='115610'>been--</span> <span m='116910'>academia</span> <span m='117640'>has</span> <span m='117830'>always</span> <span m='118160'>been</span> <span m='118380'>my,</span> <span m='119050'>has</span> <span m='119170'>always</span> <span m='119490'>drawn</span> <span m='119910'>me.</span> <span m='120600'>So</span> <span m='121780'>after</span> <span m='122160'>a</span> <span m='122200'>few</span> <span m='122380'>semesters,</span> <span m='123010'>I</span> <span m='123080'>switched</span> <span m='123430'>my</span> <span m='123520'>major</span> <span m='123950'>to</span> <span m='124180'>criminal</span> <span m='124620'>justice,</span> <span m='125390'>and</span> <span m='125650'>I</span> <span m='125710'>decided</span> <span m='126270'>that</span> <span m='126410'>I</span> <span m='126460'>wanted</span> <span m='126780'>to</span> <span m='126910'>eventually</span> <span m='127380'>become</span> <span m='127730'>an</span> <span m='127820'>attorney,</span> <span m='128680'>criminal</span> <span m='129030'>defense</span> <span m='129440'>attorney.</span> </p><p><span m='130710'>I</span> <span m='130800'>would</span> <span m='130990'>tell</span> <span m='131220'>them</span> <span m='131440'>to</span> <span m='131990'>definitely</span> <span m='133540'>save</span> <span m='133870'>your</span> <span m='134010'>money</span> <span m='135300'>and</span> <span m='136480'>plan</span> <span m='136860'>for</span> <span m='137010'>rainy</span> <span m='137350'>days,</span> <span m='138280'>and</span> <span m='138460'>then</span> <span m='138670'>plan</span> <span m='139040'>for</span> <span m='139220'>your</span> <span m='139340'>future.</span> <span m='140910'>And</span> <span m='141550'>make</span> <span m='141760'>sure</span> <span m='141990'>that</span> <span m='142190'>you,</span> <span m='143010'>when</span> <span m='143190'>you're</span> <span m='143410'>actually</span> <span m='143820'>in</span> <span m='143970'>the</span> <span m='144070'>construction</span> <span m='144650'>field,</span> <span m='144890'>that</span> <span m='145070'>you're</span> <span m='145160'>doing</span> <span m='145470'>something</span> <span m='145940'>you</span> <span m='146020'>enjoy.</span> <span m='147210'>I</span> <span m='147370'>happen</span> <span m='147700'>to</span> <span m='147760'>enjoy</span> <span m='148250'>being</span> <span m='148560'>at</span> <span m='148670'>different</span> <span m='148990'>places</span> <span m='149470'>at</span> <span m='149580'>different</span> <span m='149910'>times,</span> <span m='150320'>meeting</span> <span m='150620'>different</span> <span m='150980'>people.</span> <span m='152140'>And</span> <span m='154220'>make</span> <span m='154420'>sure that</span> <span m='154860'>you're</span> <span m='155210'>doing</span> <span m='155490'>something you</span> <span m='155900'>enjoy</span> <span m='156440'>in</span> <span m='156908'>the construction</span> <span m='157376'>field</span> <span m='157844'>if you</span> <span m='158312'>choose to go</span> <span m='158780'>into</span> <span m='159248'>it.</span> <span m='159720'>Because</span> <span m='160100'>it's</span> <span m='160200'>a</span> <span m='160320'>hard</span> <span m='161170'>hustle,</span> <span m='162080'>and</span> <span m='162230'>you</span> <span m='162350'>really</span> <span m='162580'>have</span> <span m='162770'>to</span> <span m='162880'>enjoy</span> <span m='163180'>what you</span> <span m='163480'>do</span> <span m='163780'>in order</span> <span m='164080'>to</span> <span m='164680'>stick</span> <span m='164980'>with</span> <span m='165280'>it. </span> 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