The most common jobs on a construction site include construction laborers and helpers who do a variety of tasks, such as cleaning and preparing the work site, loading and unloading materials, digging trenches and building or tearing down bracing, scaffolding and other temporary structures. The job of construction manager is another common construction job. The manager plans, coordinates and supervises a construction project and typically works on site, monitoring work quality and progress while making key on-the-spot decisions.
Construction laborers, also known as construction craft laborers, with special training and certification may also transport explosives, remove asbestos, lead and other chemicals and run hydraulic boring machines or computerized robotic pipe-cutters. Helpers typically assist specialists such as electricians, masons and carpenters by carrying tools, setting up equipment or cement molds and other tasks not requiring special training. Painters, tile and marble setters, pipe-fitters, plumbers and roofers are among other specialists commonly working on construction projects who enlist the aid of construction helpers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 13 percent increase in construction laborer and helper jobs, most requiring only on-the-job training, from 2014 to 2024; a rate higher than the average increase in all other jobs.
Work as a construction manager typically requires a bachelor's degree in a related field and prior construction experience. Projections indicate a five percent increase, the average for all jobs, in these jobs between 2014 and 2024. Construction manager, cost estimator, plumber, sheet metal worker and carpenter were among U.S. News & World Report's ranking of the best construction jobs in 2015.