How to become a Construction Worker

Construction workers assist on building and construction sites by doing a range of manual labouring jobs. Construction workers may specialise by working with particular tradespeople as a trade assistant, such as a plasterer's or bricklayer's labourer, or a carpenter's assistant. Experienced construction workers may obtain high-risk work licences or 'tickets' to undertake a number of specialised roles, such as concrete workers, doggers, riggers, scaffolders or steel fixers.

Personal requirements of a Construction Worker

  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Enjoy practical and outdoor work
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to work at a constant pace
  • Able to read and understand safety instructions
  • Able to follow precise directions

Education & Training for a Construction Worker

You can work as a construction worker without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a construction worker through an apprenticeship or traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

relatively steady

Employment by state:

ACT 1.8%

NSW 33.5%

NT 2%

QLD 22.2%

SA 6%

TAS 1.2%

VIC 20.3%

WA 13.1%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 98.2%

Female 1.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 5.6%

Not completed Year 12: 32%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 26.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 25%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 6.5%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 4.3%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 53.4%

Above 35 years: 46.8%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
When working at heights, industry standards require construction workers to complete a Work Safely at Heights short course provided by a Registered Training Organisation. All those who work in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC).
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