Employment of construction laborers is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2012. New jobs will arise from a continuing emphasis on environmental remediation and on rebuilding infrastructure—roads, airports, bridges, tunnels, and communications facilities, for example. However, employment growth will be adversely affected by automation as some jobs are replaced by new machines and equipment that improve productivity and quality.
Graduates can seek jobs as:
- Non-residential building construction
- Roofing laborers
- Residential building construction
- Foundation, structure, and building exterior laborers
Wages for construction graduates vary by location, but average between $9.95 and $22.50 per hour. For additional information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.