Construction Laborers (47-2061)

Occupation 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. Construction laborers who primarily assist a particular craft worker are classified under Helpers, Construction Trades (47-3010). Excludes Hazardous Materials Removal Workers (47-4041).

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 4,0464,156 2.711 8293
United States 1,159,1001,306,500 12.714,740 23,12037,860

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with very high employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 18.2210.3412.76 16.0721.6730.09
Alaska 23.8815.6418.59 24.0028.7632.17
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 23.9514.5319.19 24.0028.9733.26
Fairbanks North Star Borough **19.19 *28.97*
Southeast Region 20.4815.6217.11 19.8023.4627.76
Balance of State 24.2916.0418.88 24.9928.8531.38

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.


Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
7,3651,510 20.525.3 17.8
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation1,938
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation497
UI claimants previously working in occupation2,457
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 6,472
Number of job position postings 581
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 11.1

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: No formal educational credential Work experience: None On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Fall Protection
Fire Detection and Protection
Fire Prevention
Hazard Communication
Hazard Recognition Training, 16-Hour EM 385-1-1
Hazard Recognition Training, 40-Hour EM 385-1-1
Health Hazards in Construction
Introduction to OSHA - Construction
Introduction to OSHA - General Industry
Lockout and Tagout
Machine Guarding
OSHA 10-Hour Outreach for Construction
OSHA 10-Hour Outreach for General Industry
OSHA 30-Hour Outreach for Construction
OSHA 30-Hour Outreach for General Industry
Personal Protective Equipment
Safety Programs and Subpart C
Scaffolds
Stairways and Ladders
Walking and Working Surfaces

 Degree
Alaska Laborers Training School   (Chugiak)
Construction Craft Laborers

 Degree
Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
OSHA 10 Hour General Construction
OSHA 30 Hour General Construction

 Degree
Alaska Technical Center   (Kotzebue)
Construction Trades
NCCER Core Curriculum

 Degree
Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Fall Protection - S08

 Degree
Alaska Works   (Anchorage)
Pipeline Training

 Degree
AVTEC   (Seward)
Construction Technology

 Degree
Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Fall Protection (NSTC and OSHA Offered)

 Degree
Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)
OSHA 10 hour
OSHA 30 hour

 Degree
Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
OSHA 10/30 hour Construction Outreach Certificate
OSHA 10/30 Hour General Industry
Scaffold Safety and Fall Protection Certificate
Trenching, Excavating & Shoring Certificate

 Degree
Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Construction Management Endorsement
Construction Technology AAS
Construction Technology I Certificate
Construction Technology II Certificate
Scaffolding Endorsement

 Degree
Laborers Local 942   (Fairbanks)
Laborers Apprenticeship Program

 Degree
Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Fall Protection Authorized User
OSHA 10 Hour Construction / 020 Training
OSHA 10 Hour General Industry / 021
OSHA 30 Hour Construction / 022
OSHA 30 Hour General Industry / 023

 Degree
Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
Fall Protection
OSHA Outreach Training, 10 Hour Certificate
OSHA Outreach Training, 30 Hour Certificate
Trenching and Excavation Competent Person Training Certificate

 Degree
Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Construction Trades Certificate

 Degree
Wisdom & Associates, Inc.   (Kenai)
Basic Math Skills