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Employment of construction and extraction occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations, a gain of about 704,000 new jobs. Overall growth in the economy and population will increase demand for new buildings, roads, and other structures, which will create new jobs in construction and extraction occupations.

The median annual wage for all construction and extraction occupations was $46,010 in May 2018, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $38,640.

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Boilermakers Boilermakers

Boilermakers assemble, install, maintain, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases.

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Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons Masonry Workers

Masonry workers use bricks, concrete blocks, concrete, and natural and manmade stones to build masonry structures.

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Carpenters Carpenters

Carpenters construct, repair, and install building frameworks and structures made from wood and other materials.

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Construction and building inspectors Construction and Building Inspectors

Construction and building inspectors ensure that construction meets building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications.

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Construction equipment operators Construction Equipment Operators

Construction equipment operators drive, maneuver, or control the heavy machinery used to construct roads, buildings and other structures.

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Construction laborers and helpers Construction Laborers and Helpers

Construction laborers and helpers perform many tasks that require physical labor on construction sites.

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Drywall and ceiling tile installers, and tapers Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers

Drywall and ceiling tile installers hang wallboard and install ceiling tile inside buildings. Tapers prepare the wallboard for painting, using tape and other materials.

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Electricians Electricians

Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems.

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Elevator installers and repairers Elevator Installers and Repairers

Elevator installers and repairers install, fix, and maintain elevators, escalators, moving walkways, and other lifts.

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Glaziers Glaziers

Glaziers install glass in windows, skylights, and other fixtures in storefronts and buildings.

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Hazardous materials removal workers Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

Hazardous materials removal workers identify and dispose of asbestos, lead, radioactive waste, and other hazardous materials.

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Insulation workers Insulation Workers

Insulation workers install and replace the materials used to insulate buildings and their mechanical systems.

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Painters, construction and maintenance Painters, Construction and Maintenance

Painters apply paint, stain, and coatings to walls and ceilings, buildings, bridges, and other structures.

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Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters install and repair pipes that carry liquids or gases.

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Roofers Roofers

Roofers replace, repair, and install the roofs of buildings.

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Sheet metal workers Sheet Metal Workers

Sheet metal workers fabricate or install products that are made from thin metal sheets.

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solar photovoltaic installers image Solar Photovoltaic Installers

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installers assemble, install, and maintain solar panel systems on rooftops or other structures.

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Structural iron and steel workers Ironworkers

Ironworkers install structural and reinforcing iron and steel to form and support buildings, bridges, and roads.

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Tile and marble setters Flooring Installers and Tile and Marble Setters

Flooring installers and tile and marble setters lay and finish carpet, wood, vinyl, and tile.

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Last Modified Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019