In some positions, days start early in the morning so that as much work as possible can get done before the heat of the day. Other positions may follow a more traditional 8am - 5pm work day at the construction site. Weekend hours are also not uncommon in this job.
While construction may seem like a very straightforward job, it actually requires multiple physical and mental skills. Among the physical skills is strength, endurance, dexterity, hand-eye coordination. Beyond that and what is possibly more important are the mental skills required such as leadership, memory, strong reading and math skills, organization, a willingness to learn, and extensive building and engineering knowledge.
A college degree is not required to obtain a construction job. Construction workers typically learn through on-the-job training after being hired by a construction contractor. Although the majority of construction workers learn by assisting experienced workers, some construction positions may opt for apprenticeship programs. These programs generally include 2 to 4 years of technical instruction in addition to on-the-job training. Curriculum consists of specialized training in building construction, demolition and deconstruction, environmental remediation, road and utility construction, tunneling, masonry, landscaping, and pipeline construction.