The United States is a popular destination for foreign workers looking to achieve a higher standard of life. Thousands of immigrants travel to the US in the hope to achieve the American dream and a better lifestyle.
This is not limited to only skilled foreign workers. Millions of immigrant workers from all over the world come to the US for low-wage and semi-skilled jobs.
As a construction worker, you might feel that the options are limited. However, according to the most recent 2016 American Community Survey, the percentage of foreign workers in the construction industry in the US is rising steadily.
Immigrants account for almost 25% of the overall construction workforce and around 30% in the construction trades.
Who Is a Construction Worker in the US?
The occupation of a construction worker is classified as Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code 47-000.
A construction worker is responsible for several on-site responsibilities including removing debris, erecting scaffolding, loading and unloading materials and operating and assisting heavy equipment.
In addition to the above, they are also responsible for preparing the construction site, materials and tools, loading and unloading tools, removing the garbage and dangerous material from the site, assembling and breaking down temporary structures and scaffolding and assisting different contractors.
Different occupations of a construction site are classified as:
- SOC 47-1000: Supervisors of Construction and Extraction Workers
- SOC 47-1010: First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
- SOC 11-9020: Construction Managers
A construction worker can earn up to $32k annually in the US.