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Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers

Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
Quick Facts : Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers*
2010 Median Pay$38,430
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201219,100
Job Outlook49% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change9,300


Reinforcing iron and rebar workers install mesh, steel bars (rebar), or cables to reinforce concrete. Rebar is used to reinforce concrete that forms highways, buildings, bridges, and other structures. These workers are often called rodbusters because they work with rods of rebar. Installing rebar is physically demanding because workers spend a lot of their time moving, bending, and stooping.

What Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers Do

  •     Use blueprints, sketches, or other instructions for installation
  •     Determine quantities, sizes, shapes, and locations of reinforcing rods
  •     Cut mesh and rebar with metal shears, hacksaws, or acetylene torches
  •     Bend rebar or weld it together to match design specifications
  •     Position and secure steel bars, rods, cables, or mesh in concrete forms

Work Environment

Installing rebar is physically demanding because workers spend a lot of time moving, bending, and stooping. Hazards include falls from ladders and scaffolding, cuts from sharp metal, and burns from equipment. Workers usually work outside in all kinds of weather, and some do their job at great heights.
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Job Outlook

Employment of reinforcing iron and rebar workers is projected to grow 49 percent from 2010 to 2020, however, because it is a small occupation, the fast employment growth will result in only 9,300 new jobs over the 10-year period.
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Pay

The average salary of reinforcing iron and rebar workers was $38,430 in May 2010.
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Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers

38430

Construction Occupations

43910.3704

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers*
Percent Change in Employment

Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers

48.6911

Construction Occupations

21.314657794104683

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers

A high school diploma is generally required for becoming a reinforcing iron and rebar worker. Some reinforcing iron and rebar workers learn their trade through a 3- or 4- year apprenticeship. On the job, trainees start by carrying rebar and setting it in place as directed by a foreman or supervisor. With experienced workers guiding them, trainees eventually acquire the skills of a fully qualified reinforcing iron and rebar worker.
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