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Construction Craft Laborers

The construction industry is one of the most diverse and rewarding industries in the world. From a single-family home to a railway tunnel under the English Channel, the potential for personal and financial growth is only limited by your willingness to work and learn. A career in construction can provide a standard of living for you and your family, as well as a sense of pride and accomplishment in the projects you help build. It is beyond the scope of this document to list all of the major types of construction. They have been identified and grouped into the following three categories:

1. Building – construction and reconstruction of residential and commercial buildings.

2. Highway, Utilities and Land Development – construction and reconstruction of the following: major and minor highways, subdivisions, bridges, dams, tunnels and airfields, underground utilities (telephone and electric), piping systems (petroleum, water, sewer, natural gas, and collection systems)

3. Environmental – remediation and activities associated with the following: asbestos abatement, decontamination and demolition of nuclear facilities, hazard waste removal, lead abatement, permit-required confined spaces, and erosion control.

Construction remains a major growth industry in North America and a source of jobs for new entrants into the workforce. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts construction jobs will increase from 7 million to 7.8 million in the years 2008-2018.

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