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Bricklayers and Stonemasons

ANZSCO ID 3311

Overview

All Bricklayers and Stonemasons

  • $2,070 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • 32,300 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

Bricklayers and Stonemasons lay bricks, pre-cut stones and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, partitions, arches and other structures, and cut and shape hard and soft stone blocks and masonry slabs for the construction and renovation of stone structures and monumental masonry.

You can work as a Bricklayer or Stonemason without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in bricklaying or stonemasonry is usually required. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Tasks
  • studying plans and specifications to determine materials required, dimensions and installation procedures
  • erecting and dismantling restricted height scaffolding
  • sealing foundations with damp-resistant materials and spreading layers of mortar to serve as base and binder for blocks using trowels
  • laying bricks in rows, designs and shapes, and spreading mortar between joints
  • embedding blocks in mortar and removing excess mortar
  • checking vertical and horizontal alignment
  • cutting, shaping and polishing stones and bricks using machines and hand tools, and shaping bricks to fit irregular spaces
  • repairing and maintaining bricks, cement blocks and related structures
  • designing and cutting monumental masonry and lettering
  • constructing walls using stone slabs and large masonry slab blocks

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Bricklayer or Stonemason without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in bricklaying or stonemasonry is usually required. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Registration or licencing may be required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Bricklayers and Stonemasons who are reliable, work well in a team and are hardworking.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and construction

    75% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  2. Education and training

    57% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Technical design

    54% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  4. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Administration and management

    46% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  6. Customer and personal service

    45% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  7. Public safety and security

    44% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  8. Mechanical

    42% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  9. Production and processing

    42% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  10. Engineering and technology

    42% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  11. English language

    41% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  12. Chemistry

    39% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  13. Personnel and human resources

    37% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  14. Law and government

    35% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  15. Transportation

    33% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  16. Physics

    33% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  17. Psychology

    28% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  18. Sales and marketing

    28% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  19. Clerical

    24% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  20. Sociology and anthropology

    20% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Mathematics

    50% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  2. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  3. Monitoring

    41% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  4. Quality control analysis

    39% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  5. Critical thinking

    37% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  6. Active listening

    37% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  7. Time management

    36% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  8. Complex problem solving

    34% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    34% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  10. Operation and control

    34% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  11. Reading comprehension

    34% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  12. Speaking

    32% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  13. Active learning

    32% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  14. Instructing

    32% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  15. Equipment selection

    29% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  16. Management of personnel resources

    29% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  17. Operation monitoring

    29% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  18. Social perceptiveness

    29% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  19. Management of material resources

    27% Skill level

    Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.

  20. Persuasion

    27% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Static strength

    63% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  2. Trunk strength

    61% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  3. Extent flexibility

    52% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  4. Visualization

    52% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  5. Near vision

    50% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  6. Dynamic strength

    48% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

  7. Manual dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  8. Far vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  9. Multilimb coordination

    45% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  10. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  11. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  12. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  13. Control precision

    41% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  14. Sorting or ordering

    41% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  15. Selective attention

    39% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Balance

    37% Skill level

    Keep your balance or stay upright.

  17. Deductive reasoning

    37% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  18. Categorising

    36% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  19. Stamina

    36% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.

  20. Mathematics

    32% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    87% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Doing physically active work

    81% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  3. Checking for errors or defects

    74% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  4. Coordinating the work of a team

    72% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  5. Monitoring people, processes and things

    68% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  6. Planning and prioritising work

    67% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  7. Scheduling work and activities

    66% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  8. Checking compliance with standards

    63% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  9. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    62% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  10. Assessing and evaluating things

    62% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  11. Controlling equipment or machines

    62% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  12. Making decisions and solving problems

    61% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  13. Thinking creatively

    61% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  14. Driving vehicles or equipment

    61% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  15. Collecting and organising information

    57% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  16. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    57% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  17. Communicating within a team

    57% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  18. Looking for changes over time

    56% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    54% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Researching and investigating

    34% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2021.00 - Brickmasons and Blockmasons.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    99% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  2. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    98% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  3. Spend time standing

    96% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  4. Making repetitive motions

    96% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    93% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  6. Bending or twisting your body

    92% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  7. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    89% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  8. Teamwork

    88% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  9. Work at heights

    87% Important

    Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).

  10. Face-to-face discussions

    85% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  11. Being exact or accurate

    83% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  12. Exposure to contaminants

    83% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  13. Very hot or cold temperatures

    81% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  14. Impact of decisions

    77% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  15. Physically close to people

    76% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  16. Contact with people

    76% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  17. Frequent decision making

    75% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  18. Time pressure

    74% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  19. Dangerous equipment

    72% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  20. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    71% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Working conditions

    57% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  3. Independence

    48% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Achievement

    43% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Relationships

    38% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Recognition

    33% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Analytical

    62% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Creative

    38% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    19% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2021.00 - Brickmasons and Blockmasons.

All Bricklayers and Stonemasons

  • $2,070 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • 32,300 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

Bricklayers and Stonemasons lay bricks, pre-cut stones and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, partitions, arches and other structures, and cut and shape hard and soft stone blocks and masonry slabs for the construction and renovation of stone structures and monumental masonry.

You can work as a Bricklayer or Stonemason without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in bricklaying or stonemasonry is usually required. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Tasks
  • studying plans and specifications to determine materials required, dimensions and installation procedures
  • erecting and dismantling restricted height scaffolding
  • sealing foundations with damp-resistant materials and spreading layers of mortar to serve as base and binder for blocks using trowels
  • laying bricks in rows, designs and shapes, and spreading mortar between joints
  • embedding blocks in mortar and removing excess mortar
  • checking vertical and horizontal alignment
  • cutting, shaping and polishing stones and bricks using machines and hand tools, and shaping bricks to fit irregular spaces
  • repairing and maintaining bricks, cement blocks and related structures
  • designing and cutting monumental masonry and lettering
  • constructing walls using stone slabs and large masonry slab blocks

You can work as a Bricklayer or Stonemason without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in bricklaying or stonemasonry is usually required. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Registration or licencing may be required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.

Employers look for Bricklayers and Stonemasons who are reliable, work well in a team and are hardworking.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and construction

    75% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  2. Education and training

    57% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Technical design

    54% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  4. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Administration and management

    46% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  6. Customer and personal service

    45% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  7. Public safety and security

    44% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  8. Mechanical

    42% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  9. Production and processing

    42% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  10. Engineering and technology

    42% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  11. English language

    41% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  12. Chemistry

    39% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  13. Personnel and human resources

    37% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  14. Law and government

    35% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  15. Transportation

    33% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  16. Physics

    33% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  17. Psychology

    28% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  18. Sales and marketing

    28% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  19. Clerical

    24% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  20. Sociology and anthropology

    20% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Mathematics

    50% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  2. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  3. Monitoring

    41% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  4. Quality control analysis

    39% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  5. Critical thinking

    37% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  6. Active listening

    37% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  7. Time management

    36% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  8. Complex problem solving

    34% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    34% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  10. Operation and control

    34% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  11. Reading comprehension

    34% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  12. Speaking

    32% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  13. Active learning

    32% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  14. Instructing

    32% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  15. Equipment selection

    29% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  16. Management of personnel resources

    29% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  17. Operation monitoring

    29% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  18. Social perceptiveness

    29% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  19. Management of material resources

    27% Skill level

    Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.

  20. Persuasion

    27% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Static strength

    63% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  2. Trunk strength

    61% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  3. Extent flexibility

    52% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  4. Visualization

    52% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  5. Near vision

    50% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  6. Dynamic strength

    48% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

  7. Manual dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  8. Far vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  9. Multilimb coordination

    45% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  10. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  11. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  12. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  13. Control precision

    41% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  14. Sorting or ordering

    41% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  15. Selective attention

    39% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Balance

    37% Skill level

    Keep your balance or stay upright.

  17. Deductive reasoning

    37% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  18. Categorising

    36% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  19. Stamina

    36% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.

  20. Mathematics

    32% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    87% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Doing physically active work

    81% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  3. Checking for errors or defects

    74% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  4. Coordinating the work of a team

    72% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  5. Monitoring people, processes and things

    68% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  6. Planning and prioritising work

    67% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  7. Scheduling work and activities

    66% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  8. Checking compliance with standards

    63% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  9. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    62% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  10. Assessing and evaluating things

    62% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  11. Controlling equipment or machines

    62% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  12. Making decisions and solving problems

    61% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  13. Thinking creatively

    61% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  14. Driving vehicles or equipment

    61% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  15. Collecting and organising information

    57% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  16. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    57% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  17. Communicating within a team

    57% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  18. Looking for changes over time

    56% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    54% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Researching and investigating

    34% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    99% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  2. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    98% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  3. Spend time standing

    96% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  4. Making repetitive motions

    96% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    93% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  6. Bending or twisting your body

    92% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  7. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    89% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  8. Teamwork

    88% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  9. Work at heights

    87% Important

    Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).

  10. Face-to-face discussions

    85% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  11. Being exact or accurate

    83% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  12. Exposure to contaminants

    83% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  13. Very hot or cold temperatures

    81% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  14. Impact of decisions

    77% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  15. Physically close to people

    76% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  16. Contact with people

    76% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  17. Frequent decision making

    75% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  18. Time pressure

    74% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  19. Dangerous equipment

    72% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  20. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    71% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Working conditions

    57% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  3. Independence

    48% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Achievement

    43% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Relationships

    38% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Recognition

    33% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Analytical

    62% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Creative

    38% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    19% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2021.00 - Brickmasons and Blockmasons.
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