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Construction Laborers and Helpers

Construction Laborers and Helpers
Quick Facts : Construction Laborers and Helpers*
2010 Median Pay$28,410
Entry Level Education
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20121,250,200
Job Outlook25% (Faster than average)
Employment Change314,200


Construction laborers and helpers do many basic tasks that require physical labor on construction sites. They often compact soil. Most construction laborers and helpers work full time and do physically demanding work. Some work at great heights or outdoors in all weather conditions. These workers have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses.

What Construction Laborers and Helpers Do

  • Clean and prepare construction sites by removing debris and possible hazards
  • Load or unload building materials to be used in construction
  • Dig trenches, backfill holes, or compact earth to prepare for construction
  • Operate or tend equipment and machines used in construction, such as concrete mixers
  • Follow construction plans and instructions from the people they are working for

Work Environment

Most construction laborers and helpers work full time and do physically demanding work. Some work at great heights or outdoors in all weather conditions. Construction laborers have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses.
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Job Outlook

Employment of construction laborers is expected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020 since laborers work in all fields of construction, and demand for laborers will mirror the level of overall construction activity.
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Pay

The average salary of construction laborers and helpers was $28,410 in May 2010.
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Construction Laborers and Helpers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Construction Laborers and Helpers

28410

Construction Occupations

43910.3704

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Construction Laborers and Helpers*
Percent Change in Employment

Construction Laborers and Helpers

25.132

Construction Occupations

21.314657794104683

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Construction Laborers and Helpers

Most construction laborers and helpers learn their trade through short-term on-the-job training. Although there are no formal educational requirements, high school classes in English, mathematics, blueprint reading, welding, and shop can be helpful. Most construction laborers and helpers learn through short-term on-the-job training after being hired by a construction contractor or a temporary-help employment agency.
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