Construction Laborers

In 2015, the average annual wage in a Alabama was $26,580 with most people making betweeen $18,720 and $37,900
Wages by Industry
  • Other Specialty Trade Contractors $32,770.00
  • Nonresidential Building Construction $35,410.00
  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors $32,030.00
  • Residential Building Construction $32,280.00
  • Employment Services $27,750.00
  • Utility System Construction $34,350.00
Education Required
These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Common Majors
  • no information available
Possible Apprenticeships
About the job

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.

What you'll do
    • Apply weather-stripping to reduce energy loss.
    • Identify, pack, or transport hazardous or radioactive materials.
    • Mop, brush, or spread paints, cleaning solutions, or other compounds over surfaces to clean them or to provide protection.
    • Perform building weatherization tasks, such as repairing windows, adding insulation, or applying weather-stripping materials.
    • Perform construction laborer duties at green building sites, such as renewable energy plants or wind turbine installations.
    • Perform site activities required of green certified construction practices, such as implementing waste management procedures, identifying materials for reuse, or installing erosion or sedimentation control mechanisms.
    • Place, consolidate, or protect case-in-place concrete or masonry structures.
    • Raze buildings or salvage useful materials.
    • Transport or set explosives for tunnel, shaft, or road construction.
    • Use computers or other input devices to control robotic pipe cutters or cleaners.
Things you need to know
    • 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.
    • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
    • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
    • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
    • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Abilities you'll need to have
    • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
    • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
    • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
    • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
    • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
    • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
    • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.