Job Outlook for Construction Laborers and Helpers

Overall employment of construction laborers and helpers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 167,800 openings for construction laborers and helpers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.


Much of the projected employment growth in these occupations is due to recovery from the COVID-19 recession that began in 2020.

Construction laborers work in all fields of construction, and demand for laborers should mirror the level of overall construction activity. Repairing and replacing the nation’s infrastructure, such as roads and water lines, may result in steady demand for laborers. The increased use of prefabricated components, such as panels and modular rooms that are made offsite, will create a need for laborers in some areas to assemble them onsite.

Although employment growth of specific types of helpers is projected to vary (see table), overall demand is expected to be driven by the construction of homes, schools, office buildings, factories, and power plants. However, use of prefabrication is projected to result in the need for fewer of these workers, including both helpers of brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters in production and laborers in onsite installation.

Job Outlook for Construction Laborers

Employment projections data for construction laborers and helpers, 2020-30
Occupational Title SOC Code Employment, 2020 Projected Employment, 2030 Change, 2020-30 Employment by Industry
Percent Numeric

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Construction laborers and helpers 1,514,200 1,623,300 7 109,100

Construction laborers

47-2061 1,285,200 1,388,300 8 103,200 Get data

Helpers–brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters

47-3011 20,900 20,100 -4 -800 Get data


47-3012 31,000 31,200 1 200 Get data


47-3013 75,500 76,200 1 700 Get data

Helpers–painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons

47-3014 9,400 10,000 7 600 Get data

Helpers–pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

47-3015 56,200 59,400 6 3,100 Get data


47-3016 8,200 8,600 5 400 Get data

Helpers, construction trades, all other

47-3019 27,800 29,500 6 1,700 Get data

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