Occupational Outlook for Masonry Trades

The United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics show strong growth projections for Trowel Trades.

Employment of bricklayers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Population growth will result in the construction of more schools, hospitals, apartment buildings, and other structures, many of which are made of brick and block. In addition, restoration masons will be needed to restore a growing number of brick buildings. Although expensive, brick exteriors should remain popular, reflecting a preference for low-maintenance, durable exterior materials.

Employment of cement masons is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. More cement masons will be needed to build and renovate highways, bridges, factories, and residential structures in order to meet the demands of a growing population and to make repairs to aging infrastructure.

Employment of stonemasons is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 2,100 new jobs over the 10-year period. Natural stone is both a durable and popular material. As incomes and the population continue to grow, more homeowners will want natural stone to differentiate their homes from those around them.

Employment of terrazzo workers and finishers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Terrazzo is a durable and attractive flooring option that is often used in schools, government buildings, and hospitals. The construction and renovation of such buildings will spur demand for these workers. However, because polished concrete is similar to terrazzo and usually less expensive, this may limit the need for terrazzo workers.

Employment of tile and marble setters is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The replacement of older floors, coupled with population and business growth, will drive demand for more workers. Overall job prospects should be best for workers who can install a wide variety of floors.

 

 

    
 
 

   

 

    

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