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Building and Plumbing Labourers

ANZSCO ID 8211

Overview

All Building and Plumbing Labourers

  • $1,458 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 69,400 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 34 years Average age
  • 3% female Gender Share

Building and Plumbing Labourers perform a variety of routine tasks associated with erecting and repairing structures and facilities, maintaining stormwater, drainage and sewerage systems, excavating earth and clearing and levelling sites, and installing and maintaining piping systems, fixtures and water regulators.

You can work as a Building or Plumbing Labourer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

Tasks
  • loading and unloading building and construction materials, tools and equipment and transporting them around building sites
  • erecting and dismantling temporary structures such as barricades and scaffolding
  • mixing, pouring and spreading materials such as concrete, plaster and mortar
  • cleaning and carrying out minor repairs on stormwater drains and canals, and checking for cracks and leaks in sewerage systems
  • digging holes and shovelling excavated material onto conveyors, wheelbarrows and trucks for removal
  • spreading and levelling soil, gravel and sand on roads and driveways, trench bottoms and similar locations
  • assisting with assembling and installing piping, valves and fittings
  • assisting with installing fixtures such as toilets, wash basins and sprinkler systems

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Building or Plumbing Labourer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

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 Building and Plumbing Labourers who are reliable, have a strong work ethic and are physically fit.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and construction

    60% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Customer and personal service

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Public safety and security

    54% Skill level

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

  5. Education and training

    54% Skill level

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

  6. Mathematics

    49% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  7. Transportation

    48% Skill level

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

  8. Administration and management

    47% Skill level

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

  9. Engineering and technology

    44% Skill level

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

  10. English language

    42% Skill level

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

  11. Production and processing

    42% Skill level

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

  12. Chemistry

    42% Skill level

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

  13. Technical design

    41% Skill level

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

  14. Law and government

    39% Skill level

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

  15. Personnel and human resources

    36% Skill level

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

  16. Physics

    35% Skill level

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

  17. Foreign language

    34% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  18. Communications and media

    33% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  19. Telecommunications

    32% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  20. Economics and accounting

    29% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    43% Skill level

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

  2. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  3. Operation and control

    41% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  4. Operation monitoring

    41% Skill level

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

  5. Speaking

    39% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Complex problem solving

    37% Skill level

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

  7. Reading comprehension

    37% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  8. Monitoring

    37% Skill level

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

  9. Critical thinking

    34% Skill level

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

  10. Equipment maintenance

    34% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  11. Time management

    34% Skill level

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

  12. Social perceptiveness

    32% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  13. Instructing

    32% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Writing

    32% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  15. Quality control analysis

    30% Skill level

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

  16. Active learning

    29% Skill level

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

  17. Judgment and decision making

    29% Skill level

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

  18. Learning strategies

    29% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  19. Equipment selection

    27% Skill level

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

  20. Management of personnel resources

    25% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Static strength

    59% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  2. Manual dexterity

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Trunk strength

    52% Skill level

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

  4. Oral comprehension

    50% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Control precision

    48% Skill level

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

  6. Multilimb coordination

    48% Skill level

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

  7. Extent flexibility

    48% Skill level

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

  8. Stamina

    46% Skill level

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

  9. Arm-hand steadiness

    45% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  10. Near vision

    45% Skill level

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

  11. Far vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  12. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  13. Oral expression

    43% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  14. Sorting or ordering

    43% Skill level

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

  15. Depth perception

    41% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  16. Dynamic strength

    41% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

  17. Problem spotting

    41% Skill level

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

  18. Deductive reasoning

    39% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  19. Inductive reasoning

    39% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  20. Selective attention

    37% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    84% Skill level

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

  2. Doing physically active work

    76% Skill level

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

  3. Communicating within a team

    64% Skill level

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

  4. Driving vehicles or equipment

    59% Skill level

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

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    58% Skill level

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

  6. Monitoring people, processes and things

    57% Skill level

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

  7. Making decisions and solving problems

    56% Skill level

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

  8. Working with mechanical equipment

    54% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  9. Controlling equipment or machines

    54% Skill level

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

  10. Checking for errors or defects

    51% Skill level

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

  11. Planning and prioritising work

    50% Skill level

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

  12. Collecting and organising information

    48% Skill level

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

  13. Assessing and evaluating things

    47% Skill level

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

  14. Thinking creatively

    46% Skill level

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

  15. Researching and investigating

    44% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  16. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    43% Skill level

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

  17. Documenting or recording information

    42% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  18. Looking for changes over time

    41% Skill level

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

  19. Explaining things to people

    40% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    32% Skill level

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

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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, 47-2061.00 - Construction Laborers.

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. Contact with people

    92% Important

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

  2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    92% Important

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

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    90% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Spend time standing

    90% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

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

    90% Important

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

  6. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    89% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  7. Dangerous equipment

    83% Important

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

  8. Exposure to contaminants

    82% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  9. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    79% Important

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

  10. Making repetitive motions

    79% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  11. Physically close to people

    78% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  12. Walking and running

    77% Important

    Spend time walking and running.

  13. Being exact or accurate

    76% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  14. Very hot or cold temperatures

    76% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  15. Teamwork

    75% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  16. Time pressure

    75% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  17. Telephone

    75% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  18. Freedom to make decisions

    74% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  19. Impact of decisions

    73% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  20. Bending or twisting your body

    72% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

Values

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

  1. Support

    62% 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. Relationships

    57% 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.

  3. Working conditions

    45% Important

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

  4. Independence

    38% 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.

  5. Achievement

    33% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    24% 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

    38% Important

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

  3. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    14% Important

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

  5. Creative

    14% Important

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

  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, 47-2061.00 - Construction Laborers.

All Building and Plumbing Labourers

  • $1,458 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 69,400 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 34 years Average age
  • 3% female Gender Share

Building and Plumbing Labourers perform a variety of routine tasks associated with erecting and repairing structures and facilities, maintaining stormwater, drainage and sewerage systems, excavating earth and clearing and levelling sites, and installing and maintaining piping systems, fixtures and water regulators.

You can work as a Building or Plumbing Labourer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

Tasks
  • loading and unloading building and construction materials, tools and equipment and transporting them around building sites
  • erecting and dismantling temporary structures such as barricades and scaffolding
  • mixing, pouring and spreading materials such as concrete, plaster and mortar
  • cleaning and carrying out minor repairs on stormwater drains and canals, and checking for cracks and leaks in sewerage systems
  • digging holes and shovelling excavated material onto conveyors, wheelbarrows and trucks for removal
  • spreading and levelling soil, gravel and sand on roads and driveways, trench bottoms and similar locations
  • assisting with assembling and installing piping, valves and fittings
  • assisting with installing fixtures such as toilets, wash basins and sprinkler systems

You can work as a Building or Plumbing Labourer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

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 Building and Plumbing Labourers who are reliable, have a strong work ethic and are physically fit.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and construction

    60% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Customer and personal service

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Public safety and security

    54% Skill level

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

  5. Education and training

    54% Skill level

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

  6. Mathematics

    49% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  7. Transportation

    48% Skill level

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

  8. Administration and management

    47% Skill level

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

  9. Engineering and technology

    44% Skill level

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

  10. English language

    42% Skill level

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

  11. Production and processing

    42% Skill level

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

  12. Chemistry

    42% Skill level

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

  13. Technical design

    41% Skill level

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

  14. Law and government

    39% Skill level

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

  15. Personnel and human resources

    36% Skill level

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

  16. Physics

    35% Skill level

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

  17. Foreign language

    34% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  18. Communications and media

    33% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  19. Telecommunications

    32% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  20. Economics and accounting

    29% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    43% Skill level

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

  2. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  3. Operation and control

    41% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  4. Operation monitoring

    41% Skill level

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

  5. Speaking

    39% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Complex problem solving

    37% Skill level

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

  7. Reading comprehension

    37% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  8. Monitoring

    37% Skill level

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

  9. Critical thinking

    34% Skill level

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

  10. Equipment maintenance

    34% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  11. Time management

    34% Skill level

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

  12. Social perceptiveness

    32% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  13. Instructing

    32% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Writing

    32% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  15. Quality control analysis

    30% Skill level

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

  16. Active learning

    29% Skill level

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

  17. Judgment and decision making

    29% Skill level

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

  18. Learning strategies

    29% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  19. Equipment selection

    27% Skill level

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

  20. Management of personnel resources

    25% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Static strength

    59% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  2. Manual dexterity

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Trunk strength

    52% Skill level

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

  4. Oral comprehension

    50% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Control precision

    48% Skill level

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

  6. Multilimb coordination

    48% Skill level

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

  7. Extent flexibility

    48% Skill level

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

  8. Stamina

    46% Skill level

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

  9. Arm-hand steadiness

    45% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  10. Near vision

    45% Skill level

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

  11. Far vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  12. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  13. Oral expression

    43% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  14. Sorting or ordering

    43% Skill level

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

  15. Depth perception

    41% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  16. Dynamic strength

    41% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

  17. Problem spotting

    41% Skill level

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

  18. Deductive reasoning

    39% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  19. Inductive reasoning

    39% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  20. Selective attention

    37% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    84% Skill level

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

  2. Doing physically active work

    76% Skill level

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

  3. Communicating within a team

    64% Skill level

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

  4. Driving vehicles or equipment

    59% Skill level

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

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    58% Skill level

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

  6. Monitoring people, processes and things

    57% Skill level

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

  7. Making decisions and solving problems

    56% Skill level

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

  8. Working with mechanical equipment

    54% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  9. Controlling equipment or machines

    54% Skill level

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

  10. Checking for errors or defects

    51% Skill level

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

  11. Planning and prioritising work

    50% Skill level

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

  12. Collecting and organising information

    48% Skill level

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

  13. Assessing and evaluating things

    47% Skill level

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

  14. Thinking creatively

    46% Skill level

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

  15. Researching and investigating

    44% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  16. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    43% Skill level

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

  17. Documenting or recording information

    42% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  18. Looking for changes over time

    41% Skill level

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

  19. Explaining things to people

    40% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    32% Skill level

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

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, 47-2061.00 - Construction Laborers.

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. Contact with people

    92% Important

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

  2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    92% Important

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

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    90% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Spend time standing

    90% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

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

    90% Important

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

  6. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    89% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  7. Dangerous equipment

    83% Important

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

  8. Exposure to contaminants

    82% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  9. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    79% Important

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

  10. Making repetitive motions

    79% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  11. Physically close to people

    78% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  12. Walking and running

    77% Important

    Spend time walking and running.

  13. Being exact or accurate

    76% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  14. Very hot or cold temperatures

    76% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  15. Teamwork

    75% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  16. Time pressure

    75% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  17. Telephone

    75% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  18. Freedom to make decisions

    74% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  19. Impact of decisions

    73% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  20. Bending or twisting your body

    72% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

Values

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

  1. Support

    62% 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. Relationships

    57% 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.

  3. Working conditions

    45% Important

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

  4. Independence

    38% 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.

  5. Achievement

    33% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    24% 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

    38% Important

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

  3. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    14% Important

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

  5. Creative

    14% Important

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

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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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, 47-2061.00 - Construction Laborers.
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