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Construction Laborers - 47-2061.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Construction Laborer
  • Construction Worker
  • Curb and Gutter Laborer
  • Drain Layer
  • Drop Crew Laborer
  • Helper
  • Laborer
  • Post Framer
  • Skill Labor
  • Union Laborer

SOC Occupation Groups

47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations
47-2000 Construction Trades Workers
47-2060 Construction Laborers
47-2061.00 Construction Laborers

Related Occupations


  • Apply caulking compounds by hand or caulking guns to protect against entry of water or air.
  • Apply weather-stripping to reduce energy loss.
  • Clean or prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards.
  • Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones.
  • Dig ditches or trenches, backfill excavations, or compact and level earth to grade specifications, using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers, or rakes.
  • Erect or dismantle scaffolding, shoring, braces, traffic barricades, ramps, or other temporary structures.
  • Grind, scrape, sand, or polish surfaces, such as concrete, marble, terrazzo, or wood flooring, using abrasive tools or machines.
  • Identify, pack, or transport hazardous or radioactive materials.
  • Install sewer, water, or storm drain pipes, using pipe-laying machinery or laser guidance equipment.
  • Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications.
  • Lubricate, clean, or repair machinery, equipment, or tools.
  • Measure, mark, or record openings or distances to layout areas where construction work will be performed.
  • Mix ingredients to create compounds for covering or cleaning surfaces.
  • Mix, pour, or spread concrete, using portable cement mixers.
  • Mop, brush, or spread paints, cleaning solutions, or other compounds over surfaces to clean them or to provide protection.
  • Operate jackhammers or drills to break up concrete or pavement.
  • Operate or maintain air monitoring or other sampling devices in confined or hazardous environments.
  • Perform building weatherization tasks, such as repairing windows, adding insulation, or applying weather-stripping materials.
  • Perform construction laborer duties at green building sites, such as renewable energy plants or wind turbine installations.
  • Perform site activities required of green certified construction practices, such as implementing waste management procedures, identifying materials for reuse, or installing erosion or sedimentation control mechanisms.
  • Place, consolidate, or protect case-in-place concrete or masonry structures.
  • Position or dismantle forms for pouring concrete, using saws, hammers, nails, or bolts.
  • Position, join, align, or seal structural components, such as concrete wall sections or pipes.
  • Provide assistance to craft workers, such as carpenters, plasterers, or masons.
  • Raze buildings or salvage useful materials.
  • Read plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities.
  • Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials.
  • Smooth or finish freshly poured cement or concrete, using floats, trowels, screeds, or powered cement finishing tools.
  • Spray materials, such as water, sand, steam, vinyl, paint, or stucco, through hoses to clean, coat, or seal surfaces.
  • Tend machines that pump concrete, grout, cement, sand, plaster, or stucco through spray guns for application to ceilings or walls.
  • Tend pumps, compressors, or generators to provide power for tools, machinery, or equipment or to heat or move materials, such as asphalt.
  • Transport or set explosives for tunnel, shaft, or road construction.
  • Use computers or other input devices to control robotic pipe cutters or cleaners.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply paint to surfaces.
  • Apply sealants or other protective coatings.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
  • Assist skilled construction or extraction personnel.
  • Break up rock, asphalt, or concrete.
  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Clean surfaces in preparation for work activities.
  • Clean work sites.
  • Compact materials to create level bases.
  • Dig holes or trenches.
  • Direct vehicle traffic.
  • Dismantle equipment or temporary structures.
  • Finish concrete surfaces.
  • Install green structural components, equipment or systems.
  • Install insulation in equipment or structures.
  • Install masonry materials.
  • Install plumbing or piping.
  • Load or unload materials used in construction or extraction.
  • Maintain construction tools or equipment.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Measure work site dimensions.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities.
  • Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed.
  • Operate heavy-duty construction or installation equipment.
  • Operate pumps or compressors.
  • Position construction forms or molds.
  • Position structural components.
  • Pour materials into or on designated areas.
  • Prepare explosives for detonation.
  • Prepare hazardous waste for processing or disposal.
  • Protect structures or surfaces near work areas to avoid damage.
  • Remove worn, damaged or outdated materials from work areas.
  • Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
  • Signal equipment operators to indicate proper equipment positioning.
  • Smooth surfaces with abrasive materials or tools.
  • Spread concrete or other aggregate mixtures.
  • Test air quality at work sites.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Anti-tank Missileman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Bridge Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Builder (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Critical Skills Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Cannoneer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Indirect Fire Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Infantry Assaultman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Infantry Unit Leader (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Light Armored Reconnaissance Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • M1 Armor Crewman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Railway Section Repairer (RC) (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Engineer Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Steelworker (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Structural (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Utilitiesman (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Construction Craft Laborer
  • Maintenance Technician Municipal (Roadway Technician)
  • Pointer Cleaner, Caulker
  • Tuckpointer, Cleaner, Caulker

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Aluminum-Pool Installer
  • Asbestos Removal Worker
  • Asphalt-Distributor Tender
  • Asphalt-Heater Tender
  • Auxiliary-Equipment Tender
  • Awning Hanger
  • Awning Maker-And-Installer
  • Building Cleaner
  • Circular Saw Operator
  • Column Precaster
  • Concrete-Building Assembler
  • Construction Craft Laborer
  • Construction Worker I
  • Core-Drill Operator
  • Drapery Hanger
  • Floor and Wall Applier, Liquid
  • Grade Checker
  • Jackhammer Operator
  • Lawn-Sprinkler Installer
  • Maintenance Worker, Municipal
  • Measurer
  • Pipe Cutter
  • Pipe Installer
  • Plaster-Machine Tender
  • Playground-Equipment Erector
  • Pump Tender, Cement Based Materials
  • Riveter
  • Riveter, Pneumatic
  • Steam-Cleaning-Machine Operator
  • Swimming Pool Installer-And-Servicer
  • Tuckpointer, Cleaner, Caulker
  • Venetian-Blind Installer