Construction Laborer

Career Overview

A construction laborer performs various tasks on construction sites including removing debris, moving around construction materials, digging trenches or holes, constructing scaffolding, along with many other construction-related tasks.


There is no formal educational requirement for becoming a construction laborer. This job is generally learned through on-the-job training, possibly in conjunction with a formal apprenticeship program.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$21,000 /yr
$32,000 /yr
$59,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Electronics
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Trade-related courses
  • Physical Education
Work Environment

Construction laborers work within every aspect of the construction industry and are often required to do physically demanding work. Some work at great heights or outdoors in all weather conditions. In terms of the rate of injuries, this may be one of the most dangerous of all occupations.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Opportunities are greatest in areas experiencing a lot of construction and for individuals who have a wide variety of skills. Laborers with some experience working with electricians may have the best opportunities.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada