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Construction Laborers

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.   (O'Net 47-2061.00)

Reported job titles:   Adz Worker, Air Breaker Operator, Air Drill Operator, Air Gun Operator, Air Hammer Operator, Air Tool Operator, Aluminum Pool Installer, Asbestos Removal Worker, Asphalt Distributor Tender, Asphalt Heater Tender, Asphalt Layer, Asphalt Patcher, Asphalt Paver, Asphalt Raker, Asphalt Smoother, Asphalt Spreader, Asphalt Tamper, Asphalt Worker, Auxiliary Equipment Tender, Awning Hanger, Awning Maker and Installer, Axman, Batch Dumper, Beller, Bellman, Belter, Beltman, Biofuels Plant Construction Worker, Black Top Raker, Black Topper, Bottom Man, Bottom Worker, Breast Worker, Bridge Builder, Broom Man, Broom Worker, Brush Cutter, Building Cleaner, Bull Float Finisher, Burlap Man, Burlap Worker, Caisson Worker, Cement Based Materials Pump Tender, Cement Breaker, Cement Cutter, Cement Mixer, Chuck Tender, Cinder Crew Worker, Circular Saw Operator, Cleaner, Column Precaster, Concrete Building Assembler, Concrete Buster Operator, Concrete Curer, Concrete Handler, Concrete Layer, Concrete Mixer, Concrete Pourer, Concrete Puddler, Concrete Spreader, Concrete Vibrator Operator, Concrete Worker, Connection Worker, Construction Craft Laborer, Construction Inspector, Construction Laborer, Construction or Leak Gang Laborer, Construction Person, Construction Pit Worker, Construction Trench Digger, Construction Worker, Core-Drill Operator, Culvert Installer, Curb and Gutter Laborer, Demolition Hammer Operator, Demolition Specialist, Demolition Worker, Demolitionist, Digger, Dirt Shoveler, Ditch Digger, Ditch Repairer, Ditch Rider, Ditcher, Dope Pourer, Dopeman, Doper, Dowel Pin Man, Dowel Pin Worker, Drain Layer, Drapery Hanger, Dredge Pipe Operator, Dredge Pipeman, Drifter, Driller Helper, Drop Crew Laborer, Dust Handler, Earth Mover, Fence Post Driver, Fire Pot Operator, Flare Man, Flare Worker, Form Stripper, General Laborer, Grade Checker, Grade Tamper, Grader, Gravel Screener, Grit Blaster, Grommet Man, Grommet Worker, Ground Hand, Ground Worker, Groundman, Groundsman, Grout Machine Operator, Grout Worker, Groutman, Grunt, Handyman, Helper, High Man, High Worker, Hod Carrier, Hole Digger, Home Performance Laborer, Hose Operator, Hoseman, House Mover Helper, Hydraulic Jack Adjuster, Hydraulic Jack Operator, Hydroblaster, Inserter, Jackhammer Operator, Jet Man, Jet Worker, Jetting Machine Operator, Joint Filler, Joint Sealer, Kettle Firer, Kettle Operator, Kettle Worker, Kettleman, Labor Operator, Labor/Excavator, Laborer, Laborer-Demolition, Laborer-Operator, Laborer/Grade Check, Laborer/Key Man, Land Clearer, Lawn Sprinkler Installer, Liquid Floor and Wall Applier, Macadam Raker, Maintenance Worker, Manhole Stripper, Mastic Man, Mastic Worker, Mat Man, Mat Weaver, Mat Worker, Measurer, Mesh Man, Mesh Worker, Mixer, Mixer Tender, Mixing Plant Dumper, Mop Man, Mop Worker, Mortar Carrier, Mortar Maker, Mortar Man, Mortar Mixer, Mortar Worker, Mud Jack Nozzleman, Municipal Maintenance Worker, Nozzle Operator, Nozzleman, Nuclear Plant Construction Worker, Oil Heater Operator, Oil Heaterman, Paper Steamer, Pick and Shovel Man, Pick and Shovel Worker, Pile Header, Pile Trimmer, Piling Setter, Pin Puller, Pipe Cutter, Pipe Installer, Pipe Line Repairer, Pitman, Plaster Machine Tender, Playground Equipment Erector, Plowman, Plug Drill Operator, Pneumatic Riveter, Pole Setter, Post Framer, Pourer, Powder Loader, Power Washer, Precast Concrete Products Installer, Pressure Washer, Puddler, Pumper Helper, Punch Out Crew Member, Rail Layer, Rail Setter, Right-of-Way Clearer, Right-of-Way Cutter, Right-of-Way Man, Right-of-Way Worker, Riprap Man, Riprap Worker, Rivet Flunky, Riveter, Rock Worker, Rockman, Rod Placer, Rod Puller, Roughneck, Roustabout, Rubble Placer, Sand Blaster, Sand Hog, Sandblast Operator, Sandblaster, Scoop Filler, Screed Person, Screedman, Screedman/Laborer, Service Line Layer, Sewer Builder, Sewer Digger, Sewer Repairer, Shoveler, Sidewalk Repairer, Signaler, Skill Labor, Skilled Laborer, Skip Tender, Sledger, Slip Dumper, Slip Filler, Slip Injector and Applicator, Slipman, Snow Fence Erector, Sounder, Sprayer, Steam Cleaning Machine Operator, Steel Layer, Steel Placer, Steel Post Installer, Stone Breaker, Straightedge Man, Straightedge Worker, Straw Boss, Stripe Marker, Swimming Pool Installer and Servicer, Tagman, Tamper, Tar Kettle Runner, Tar Man, Tar Pot Man, Tar Pot Worker, Tar Worker, Track Repair Laborer, Tuckpointer, Cleaner, Caulker, Tunnel Man, Tunnel Worker, Turntable Man, Turntable Worker, Union Laborer, Venetian Blind Installer, Vibrator Operator, Wagon Winder, Wall Cleaner, Wall Scraper, Wall Steamer, Wall Washer, Wallpaper Cleaner, Wallpaper Scraper, Water Proofer, Well Cleaner, Whitewasher
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     Location Pay
    Percentile Wages Average
    10% 25% 50%
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 12.45   $ 13.81   $ 15.98   $ 18.44   $ 22.05   $ 16.46  
    Yearly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 12.31   $ 13.68   $ 15.91   $ 18.37   $ 20.99   $ 16.11  
    Yearly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.52   $ 13.70   $ 15.65   $ 18.36   $ 22.40   $ 16.44  
    Yearly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.45   $ 13.98   $ 16.20   $ 18.48   $ 22.40   $ 16.62  
    Yearly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2018.
    n/a - For some occupations that do not generally work full time year-round, only hourly wages or annual salaries are reported depending on how they are typically paid.

    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    Annual job openings
    (due to change and
    2016 2026
    Vermont 2,634 2,658 0.1% 268
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2018.

    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    Specialty trade contractors 27.6%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 25.1%
    Construction of buildings 18.7%
    Heavy and civil engineering construction 16.3%
    Administrative and support services 5.2%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2018.

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  • Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones.
  • Clean or prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards.
  • Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials.
  • Read plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities.
  • Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications.
  • Measure, mark, or record openings or distances to layout areas where construction work will be performed.
  • Dig ditches or trenches, backfill excavations, or compact and level earth to grade specifications, using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers, or rakes.
  • Mix, pour, or spread concrete, using portable cement mixers.
  • Tend pumps, compressors, or generators to provide power for tools, machinery, or equipment or to heat or move materials, such as asphalt.
  • Erect or dismantle scaffolding, shoring, braces, traffic barricades, ramps, or other temporary structures.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Construction Laborers  updated July 2012

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  • 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.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Foreign Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Construction Laborers  updated July 2012

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  • 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.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • 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.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Construction Laborers  updated July 2012

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  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Construction Laborers  updated July 2012

    Work Activities
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  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Construction Laborers  updated July 2012

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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Construction Laborers  updated June 2008

    Work Styles
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Construction Laborers  updated July 2012

    State of Vermont License Information
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Asbestos Abatement Employee Asbestos and Lead Regulatory Program
    Environmental Health Division
    Vermont Department of Health
    Lead Abatement Employee Asbestos and Lead Regulatory Program
    Environmental Health Division
    Vermont Department of Health
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.

    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Construction Laborers  updated July 2012

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    source: Occupational Information Network: Construction Laborers 

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