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Occupational Report for Construction Laborers (47-2061) in the Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook region
Occupational Description

Perform tasks involving physical labor at building, highway, and heavy construction projects, tunnel and shaft excavations, and demolition 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, clean up rubble and debris, and remove asbestos, lead, and other hazardous waste materials. May assist other craft workers. Exclude construction laborers who primarily assist a particular craft worker, and classify them under "Helpers, Construction Trades" (47-3011 through 47-3016).

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Employment Outlook for Construction Laborers
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2010 was much larger than the statewide average for all occupations. This occupation is expected to grow at a somewhat faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2020. The total number of job openings is projected to be much higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2020.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist.

Regional Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2010 was much larger than the regional average for all occupations. This occupation is expected to grow at a somewhat faster rate than the regional average growth rate for all occupations through 2020. The total number of job openings is projected to be much higher than the regional average number of job openings for all occupations through 2020.
Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Construction Laborers There are 2 current openings for this occupation in the Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook region. Openings 1 through 2 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Tape and Tagger (Ground Person) 4/15/14 Astoria Area $10.00/hr to $12.00/hr DOE
Entry Level Lumber Puller 2/19/14 Tillamook $10.00/hr to $11.00/hr
Job Openings from the Web for Construction Laborers There are no openings for this occupation.
State of Oregon License Information for Construction Laborers No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Construction Laborers
Region ---------------- 2013 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $10.70 $13.17 $16.85 $21.85 $27.22 $17.90 $37,236
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 10.51 12.17 14.23 18.35 24.25 15.81 32,888
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Construction Laborers
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2010 2020 Growth Replacement Total
Note: Self-employment is estimated to be 10% or greater for this occupation.
Oregon Statewide 7,850 9,760 1,910 24.3% 191 71 262
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 208 259 51 24.5% 5 2 7

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Construction Laborers
Industry
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Ownership 2010
Employment
Construction Private 156
Construction of Buildings Private 62
Residential Building Construction Private 39
Nonresidential Building Construction Private 23
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction Private 29
Utility System Construction Private 18
Specialty Trade Contractors Private 65
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors Private 15
Building Equipment Contractors Private 11
Building Finishing Contractors Private 10
Other Specialty Trade Contractors Private 29
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 17
Administrative and Support Services Private 17
Employment Services Private 13
Educational Requirements for Construction Laborers There are typically no educational requirements for this occupation. Those with a high school diploma or equivalent have a competitive advantage in the labor market. In addition, moderate-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Construction Laborers
  • Apply Adhesives
  • Apply Spray-Foam Insulation To Small Gaps And Cracks In Buildings
  • Apply Waterproofing Membrane Liquid To Building Foundations
  • Build Swales
  • Cut, Fit And Join Construction Materials
  • Erect Scaffold
  • Follow Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Follow Safety Procedures
  • Form, Pour, And Finish Concrete
  • Install Downspouts On Rain Gutters
  • Install Electric Sump Pumps
  • Install Exterior Footing Drains
  • Install Interior Foundation Drains
  • Install Metal Flashing On Roofs
  • Install Rain Gutters
  • Install Solar Light Tubes In Buildings
  • Install Waterproofing Membrane Sheets On Building Foundations
  • Maneuver Heavy Objects
  • Operate Equipment Such As Air Hammer And Earth Tampers
  • Operate Hand And Power Woodworking Tools Such As Sanders, Routers, And Miters
  • Operate Power Construction Equipment
  • Read Repair Work Orders
  • Read Schematics And Specifications
  • Remove Metal-Framed Windows From Buildings
  • Remove Vinyl- Or Fiberglass-Framed Windows From Buildings
  • Remove Wood-Framed Windows From Buildings
  • Sharpen Cutting Tools
  • Use Basic Carpentry Techniques
  • Use Basic Mathematics
  • Use Dollies, Hand Trucks Or Wheelbarrows
  • Use Measuring Devices In Construction Work Such As Transits Or Measuring Tapes
Schools and Training Providers for Construction Laborers The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Apprenticeship Division
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite1045
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (971) 673-0761
Programs of Training:
Wolf Creek Job Corps Center
2010 Opportunity Lane
Glide, OR 97443
Phone: (541) 496-3507
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Construction Laborers These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Clatsop Community College
Klamath Community College
Rogue Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Construction Laborers matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Cement Masons And Concrete Finishers 33%