Most construction workers learn their trade through short-term on-the-job training after being hired by a construction contractor or a temporary-help employment agency. Although there are no formal educational requirements, high school classes in english, mathematics, blueprint reading, welding, and shop can be helpful.

Workers typically gain experience by doing jobs under the guidance of experienced workers. Although the majority of workers learn informally, some opt for formal apprenticeship programs. Programs generally include two to four years of technical instruction and on-the-job training. In the first 200 hours, workers learn basic construction skills, such as how to read blueprints, the correct use of tools and equipment, and safety and health procedures. The remainder of the curriculum consists of specialized skills training in three of the largest segments of the construction industry: building construction, heavy and highway construction, and environmental remediation such as lead or asbestos removal.

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs. The basic qualification for entering an apprenticeship program is being age 18 or older. A high school diploma or its equivalent is preferred but not required. Although there are no formal educational requirements, some workers may choose or be required to attend a trade or vocational school, association training class, or community college to get further trade-related training. Workers who remove hazardous material (hazmat) must have a federal hazmat license. Depending on the work they do, workers may need specific certifications. Certification helps workers prove that they have the knowledge to perform more complex tasks.

Through experience and training, construction workers can advance into positions that involve more complex activities. For example, workers may earn certifications in welding, scaffold erecting, or concrete finishing and then spend more time performing activities that require the specialized knowledge.

What are Construction Workers like?


Based on our pool of users, construction workers tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Construction Workers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 2192 Sokanu users

Are Construction Workers happy?


Construction workers rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 10th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Construction Worker Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Construction Workers

The most common degree held by construction workers is Business Management And Administration. 2% of construction workers had a degree in business management and administration before becoming construction workers. That is over 0 times the average across all careers. Business graduates are the second most common among construction workers, representing 1% of construction workers in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.5 times the average.

Construction Worker Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Construction Worker, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of construction workers % of population Multiple
Business Management And Administration 1.5% 6.3% 0.2×
Business 1.0% 2.3% 0.5×
Psychology 1.0% 6.5% 0.2×

Construction Worker Education Levels

70% of construction workers have a high school diploma. 23% of construction workers have a no education.

No education 23%
High school diploma 70%
Associate's degree 6%
Bachelor's degree 1%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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