Construction Worker

Support building, demolishing, and repair at construction sites.

What does a Construction Worker do?

Do you like working with your hands? Do you love the idea of building and fixing things? Then you might want to consider a career as a construction worker. Construction workers specialize in many different areas, from woodworking and carpentry to concrete and roofing, and some work as general handymen. You may operate many types of hand tools, power tools, or heavy machinery such a Bobcat or skid-steer loader. As a construction worker, you may build homes, repair highways, or tear down buildings. The environment of your job widely depends on the industry, but it may include working outdoors on construction sites, being exposed to inclement weather, or experiencing exposure to hazardous materials.

Construction workers are not afraid of hard work, so you need to be comfortable working in a manual labor environment performing physically challenging tasks such as heavy lifting. As a construction worker, you rely on good coordination, strength, and endurance to perform physically demanding duties like assembling pipes or digging trenches. Good communication skills are also helpful in order to understand instructions and work well with your team to get the job done.

There are no educational requirements for construction workers, although some positions may require a high school diploma or GED.