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.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $38,630.00
Average Time to Fill 47 days
Typical Education High school equivalency
Typical Experience Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
10 Year Projected Openings (2021-2031) 29,735
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2021-2031) 7.70 %

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Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

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Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Performing General Physical Activities

Build masonry structures including kilns or furnaces
Remove finish from furniture, walls, or related structures
Operate jackhammer in accordance with safety regulations
Apply plaster, stucco, or joint compound mixtures to walls or ceilings
Repair prefabricated wooden building components
Protect structures or surfaces near work areas to avoid damage
Repair cracks, defects, or damage in installed building materials
Repair structures in construction, repair, or manufacturing setting
Install insulating materials
Finish floor, furniture, or related wood surfaces
Finish concrete surfaces
Fit construction materials such as wood
Perform concrete fabrication
Join wood or other construction materials
Position construction forms or molds
Mark reference points or cutting lines on workpieces
Install glass in windows, skylights, or other structural surfaces
Install green structural components, equipment or systems
Assemble temporary equipment or structures
Install storm, sanitation, or water piping systems above and below ground
Install prefabricated building components
Build structures in construction, repair, or manufacturing setting
Install siding or sheeting materials
Install drywall, plasterboard, or wallboard
Construct wooden frameworks or structures
Install roofing materials such as shingles, tile, slate, or asphalt
Install interior wood fixtures such as doors, floors, window frames, trim, or stairs
Review construction specifications
Install construction support structures such as lathing, back up frames, or metal studs
Install shock-absorbing or acoustical paneling or tiles on wall or ceiling
Lay pipe into trench
Dig holes or trenches
Anchor wooden structures, frameworks, or forms
Erect scaffold on work site
Pour materials into or on designated areas
Load or unload materials used in construction or extraction
Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed
Clean surfaces in preparation for work activities
Clean work sites
Load/Unload containers, materials, or products
Move heavy objects in construction, extraction, or mining settings
Stack containers, materials, or products
Move materials, equipment, or supplies
Remove worn, damaged or outdated materials from work areas
Attach moisture barrier sheeting over construction surfaces
Climb ladders, scaffolding, and structures to reach work

Handling and Moving Objects

Sand metal or plastic objects
Prepare building surfaces for paint, finishes, wallpaper, or adhesives
Polish stone or concrete using a surfacing machine
Level sand, dirt, concrete, or gravel bedding or foundation
Compact materials to create level bases
Prepare sites or surfaces for concrete, masonry, or related construction work
Spread concrete or other aggregate mixtures
Prepare explosives for detonation
Mix chemicals safely according to instructions
Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities
Mix paint or other finishes according to instructions
Mix masonry materials such as mortar, grout, slurry, or concrete
Paint vehicles, structures and objects using spraying equipment
Apply adhesives, caulking, or sealants
Apply protective sealants or coatings
Paint surfaces such as walls
Bend pipe for gas, air, hydraulic, refrigeration or water lines
Operate portable hand spray equipment
Operate pipe fitting equipment
Adjust mechanical equipment
Dismantle equipment or temporary structures
Assemble equipment or components
Install attachments to machinery or related structures
Install/Remove finish hardware such as locks or hinges
Set-up heavy construction equipment
Connect sections of drill pipe
Position structural components
Position machines, equipment, or structures
Assemble/Disassemble manufactured wood products by hand
Build cabinets or related interior wood fixtures
Cut pipe or piping material for gas, air, hydraulic, refrigeration, water, or steam lines
Fabricate manufactured products, parts, or components by hand
Install plumbing, piping, or water handling systems
Direct human or vehicle traffic
Shape construction materials such as wood
Apply grouting or mortar
Weld metal structures
Perform basic carpentry
Cut construction material
Process metals using power or hand tools

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Customer Service
Supervisory Skills
Commercial Construction
New Construction

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