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How Do I Become a Laborer?

Construction companies hire laborers for large and small jobs.
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  • Written By: Dan Cavallari
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 10 August 2014
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On construction sites, in factories, and in other building or production settings, you will find plenty of opportunities to become a laborer who performs any variety of tasks related to the industry. Laborers generally work on tasks that do not require specialty skills, and they often do not need any education or training to get the job. If you want to become a laborer, however, it is a good idea to complete a high school education, even if it is not required by an employer. By completing a high school education, you will set yourself up for advancement within the industry so you can make more money later on down the road.

The best way to become a laborer is to look for job postings from construction companies, factories, warehouses, or other companies in need of workers. Prepare yourself by staying physically fit, as the physical demands of the job can be quite strenuous. Sometimes you will be required to work outdoors in various weather conditions, and when working indoors, a variety of hazards can exist. Whenever heavy machinery is used, either indoors or outdoors, you will need to receive training to stay safe around the large and often dangerous equipment. You probably won't be required to have anything more than basic reading skills if you want to become a laborer, though basic to moderate math skills may be preferred.

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Once you become a laborer after applying for a position with a construction company, you may be required to go through some basic training that can last several weeks, just to get you familiar with the construction setting. From there, you will perform any number of basic tasks that do not require training or education. If you want to get ahead within the industry and become a skilled laborer, you will need to take on some training. This is why completing a high school education may be beneficial, as it will prepare you for post-secondary training that will help you become a skilled laborer.

If you choose to undergo such training, be prepared for an extensive time commitment. Once you finish basic training for a particular skilled laborer position, you will likely need to undergo an apprenticeship, during which time you will work under the guidance and supervision of a journeyman skilled laborer. The apprenticeship can last several years, and you will be required to take part in both classroom and on the job training. At the end of the apprenticeship, it is likely that you will need to pass a certification exam.

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