Construction Laborers (SOC 47-2061)

General Job Description 

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. Construction laborers who primarily assist a particular craft worker are classified under Helpers, Construction Trades (47-3010). Excludes Hazardous Materials Removal Workers (47-4041).

For more information about this career view the O*NET Summary Report. Method of Entry Typically requires the completion of any level of primary or secondary education that did not result in the award of a high school diploma or equivalent.

Use of Advanced Technology

Every occupation includes some relationship between job duties and the use of advanced technology -- defined as work activities and environments that incorporate complex electronics as found in computers, lasers, robotics, digital devices, satellites, etc. While basic computer skills such as "keyboarding" apply to an increasing number of occupations, each has different levels of technology interface. Construction Laborers is classified as an occupation whose job duties do not rely on the use of technology.


West Central Local Workforce Development Area Labor Market Information

Regional Employment 2012: 1,410
Projected Regional Employment 2022: 1,690
Absolute Change 2012 - 2022: 280
Percent Change 2012 - 2022: 19.90%
Average Hourly Wage 2013: $13.80
Average Openings per year due to Replacement: 30
Average Openings per year due to Growth: 30

Texas Labor Market Information Texas

Employment 2012: 133,530
Projected Texas Employment 2022: 161,470
Absolute Change 2012 - 2022: 27,940
Percent Change 2012 - 2022: 20.90%
Average Hourly Wage 2013: $13.01
Average Openings per year due to Replacement: 2,860
Average Openings per year due to Growth: 2,795

National Labor Market Information

National Employment 2012: 1,071,100
Projected National Employment 2022: 1,331,000
Absolute Change 2012 - 2022: 259,800
Percent Change 2012 - 2022: 24.30%
Average Hourly Wage 2013: $16.84
Average Openings per year due to Replacement: Not Available
Average Openings per year due to Growth: Not Available Additional Labor Market Information Turnover: AVERAGE
Average Age of Workers in Occupation: 34.1
Average Years in Occupation: 4.5
Average Years with Current Employer: 3.1
Percent Female: 3.0%
Percent Non-White: 28.5%