In-Demand Career: Construction Laborers

December 11, 2022

As long as new structures are built, the demand in the job market for construction laborers will continue to be prevalent. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are close to 11,000 employed construction laborers in Kentucky.  

In Kentucky, construction laborers make an average salary of $39,480 and average hourly wage of $18.98. Nationally, the projected employment of construction laborers is expected to grow by seven percent in the next decade. 

Some typical duties for construction laborers include cleaning and preparing construction sites by removing debris and possible hazards; loading or unloading building materials to be used in construction; operating or tending equipment and machines used in construction; following construction plans and instructions from supervisors or more experienced workers and more. 

Typically, no postsecondary education or certifications are required to work as a construction laborer. Much of the training required for the position is completed on-the-job and workers typically learn while working under the guidance of supervisors or more experienced workers. Some requirements of the job include mechanical skills, physical stamina and physical strength. 
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a construction laborer, contact the Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail nearest you.

The Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail helps match job seekers with local employment and training opportunities. Our business solutions team offers employers of all sizes and industries personalized support to build a competitive workforce. We are an equal opportunity employer.
Program is funded with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I funds through the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board.
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