Masonry

Why Become a Mason?

Building great structures and pushing architectural boundaries, masonry workers have been considered artists through time. Today masonry remains one of the most highly sought after trade skills available. From new construction to the upkeep of historical landmarks, masonry workers ensure a structure is built correctly and the job is done right. This trade sees an average age of 39, meaning there’s plenty of room in the workforce and make upwards of $78k.

Career Pathways

Becoming a Mason

Technical College

Certificate program prepares students for careers in the masonry profession and helps them develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Standard pathway to obtaining a technical degree includes:
Meet Education Requirements
High school diploma or GED required
Attend Technical College or Trade School
Minimum of 2 semesters is required
Complete Apprenticeship
Combine paid onsite training with classroom instruction
Continuing Education

Use trade and on-the-job knowledge to obtain additional work licenses

Please note, requirements may vary by State and location. As well, licensure isn’t required to start working in this profession.

Straight to Workforce

Although the majority of construction laborers and helpers learn by apprenticeship programs, some construction laborers opt for on the job training.

Real construction worker bricklaying the wall using tools.

Trade Career Opportunities

Construction Laborers

Perform a wide variety of construction-related activities during all phases of construction. Many laborers spend their time preparing and cleaning up construction sites, using tools such as shovels and brooms. Other workers, for example, those on road crews, may specialize and learn to control traffic patterns and operate pavement breakers, jackhammers, earth tampers, or surveying equipment.

Helpers

Assist construction craftworkers, such as electricians and carpenters, with a variety of tasks. They may carry tools and materials or help set up equipment. For example, many helpers work with cement masons to move and set the forms that determine the shape of poured concrete. Many other helpers assist with taking apart equipment, cleaning up sites, and disposing of waste, as well as helping with any other needs of craftworkers.

Business Owner

Use the skills and experience learned from technical degree, apprenticeship, or on the job training and start a business to become your own boss.

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**Above career path chart shows how you might advance from one job title to another within the trade industry; not all trade pathways are the same and depend on each person’s ultimate goals and job opportunities

Apprenticeships

Have a career path in mind? Find apprenticeship opportunities near you.

Dual Enrollment

Maximize education and career training by taking courses that earn college and high school credit at the same time.

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