Construction Laborers

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What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Bituminous Asphalt Technician, Construction Laborer, Construction Worker, Drop Crew Laborer, Equipment Operator (EO), Form Setter, Post Framer, Scaffolding Operator, Site Work Laborer, Toolman

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Construction Laborers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Construction Laborers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 10.6%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #20 in job growth rate
  • 4,010

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #12 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.2%)
  • Master's degree (0.8%)
  • Bachelor's degree (5.3%)
  • Associate's degree (5.1%)
  • Some college, no degree (16.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (40.5%)
  • Less than high school diploma (31.6%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Operate heavy-duty construction or installation equipment.
  • Install green structural components, equipment or systems.
  • Operate pumps or compressors.
  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Maintain construction tools or equipment.
  • Signal equipment operators to indicate proper equipment positioning.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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