Those who work in construction trades perform physical labor at construction sites. They 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. Their duties may also include cleaning and preparing sites, digging trenches, setting braces to support the sides of excavations, erecting scaffolding and cleaning up rubble, debris and other waste materials.TCC programs that are right for you:Workforce Development's Construction and Trades Training
Most construction laborers and helpers do physically demanding work. Some work at great heights or outdoors in all weather conditions. Some may be required to work in tunnels. They must use earplugs around loud equipment and wear gloves, safety glasses, and other protective gear. Construction laborers have one of the highest rates of on-the-job injuries and illnesses compared to the national average. Workers may experience cuts from materials and tools, falls from ladders and scaffolding, and burns from chemicals or equipment. Some jobs expose workers to harmful materials, fumes, odors, or dangerous machinery. Workers also may face muscle fatigue and injuries related to lifting and carrying heavy materials.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of construction laborers is expected to grow by 20 to 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
Career information courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.