Construction Worker Career Information

Construction workers have a  high level of job mobility in the modern employment market. Skill workers, in particular, have excellent opportunities in the industry and experience is very highly valued across all forms of construction.

The Work Environment

Construction workers develop their skills from the beginning. They receive valuable on the job training which adds a lot to their portfolio of skills. The primary construction functions, like pouring concrete, working with foundations, handling structural materials, and other essential work are all very valuable to builders. Over the course of early training, experience in multiple useful on-site roles is obtained.

The construction worker becomes a jack of all trades by definition. Many construction workers also make a point of getting basic qualifications related to these forms of work. Even a relatively young construction worker may have multiple construction industry certifications which are very portable passports to ongoing work. A forklift license, for example, is a real job asset for an experienced construction worker.

Construction workers also operate in a natural industrial network. Experienced, reliable construction workers usually know every builder in their area. These workers will be the first people called for any new jobs, specifically because they're known to be good workers, and can be relied upon to handle important work for the builders.

On this basis a construction worker may literally move from job to job for different employers, in ongoing employment for a whole career. Construction workers form an important basic labor pool which is used by the entire industry. 

Wages and Hours

Salaries are based on permanent and casual rates of pay. Pay may be conditional on terms of employment. Basic wages are $750-$800  per week, or $20 per hour. Constructions workers have standard hours and work approximately 45 hours per week. These hours may be affected by weather. 

The Career Environment

Construction workers can base their careers on a range of factors:

  • Experience: Builders demand on-site experience for safety reasons, as well as competencies.
  • Range of skills: A construction worker may operate as a fully functional trainer and a multi-tasking person who can be used in multiple roles.
  • Certifications: These basic qualifications, which can cover a range of aspects of construction, are legally required, as well as proving skills and levels of expertise. 

Career progression for construction workers can be a straightforward progression working for a single employer, or a range of roles which lead to progressively higher wages. The construction worker's CV may include a large number of excellent references, and in this industry, proof of abilities is a major issue in employment. 

This is one of the largest industries in the United States, employing a total of 9.6 million people, including 7.7 million salaried employees. Construction workers may in some cases find niches in management, administration or supervisory roles on construction work site. If a construction worker obtains additional business or other qualifications, they are in an excellent position to develop those roles into other opportunities for career advancement.