How to Become a Teen Construction Worker

What Does a Teenage Construction Worker do? 

As a teenage construction worker, you’ll spend the majority of your time working on project, most of them being constructing buildings and structures. By doing this you will be operating large construction-related equipment such as forklifts. You will also have to do manual work such as digging or lifting equipment and heavy items. You will have to take many precautionary steps, since a lot of the stuff you will be doing is dangerous and hazardous. You’ll spend a lot of time doing various manual labor jobs, so it would be helpful to be quite strong, and being able to lift heavy weights.  You will also need manual dexterity skills for operating handheld power tools and oral comprehension skills to understand your verbal instructions.

How Much Does a Teenage Construction Worker Get Paid?

As a construction worker just getting started, you can expect to earn somewhere between $15-$20 per hour.  The biggest issue with this type of work is that you will do a lot of manual labor. Many people may not be able to lift the heavy items that construction workers need to do, but if you can do that, it will be a huge advantage as you are desperately needed in the industry.  Another problem is the fact that there is limited potential to being a construction worker. You will have difficulty being promoted as there are very little opportunities in the field, but it is still a great job to have, nonetheless.

How Can I Get Started as a Teenage Construction Worker?

  1. Make sure that you speak to your parent(s) before trying to become a teen construction worker.  Doing so we’ll ensure your safety and they’ll likely be able to help you in your efforts.
  2. Before you begin, you’ll need to understand the risks of being a construction worker. Although rare, there have been incidents when teenage construction workers have been injured while working. Some of the risks can be found in this article. You will need to understand the risks fully before becoming a construction worker so you do not put yourself into any life-threatening situations. Research about the risks, and this is probably the most important step of the process. It’s not worth the risk of injury to skimp out on a couple minutes of wearing safety equipment that could save your life.
  3. Now that you’ve researched about the dangers of being a construction worker, you will need to find a client to work for. You can find a lot of open positions online, like on job finding websites. Once you’ve found a couple of openings that you feel would be suitable, you can move on to the next step.
  4. Apply to the job. Write a nice resume, and talk about your experiences in your cover letter. If you don’t know what a cover letter is, or want to improve your skills, click here. Create an amazing, outstanding application, and don’t forget to talk about your athleticism since that is a major part of what construction agencies will be looking for. If you can lift heavy weights, write how heavy you can lift. After, you’ve made an application, don’t forget to proofread. If you don’t get accepted, apply to new ones and don’t give up.
  5. Congratulations, you’re officially a teenage construction worker. It may seem tiring and hard at first, but you will build up your strength and it will gradually become easy. It’s a great way to get some exercise while having a job and getting paid. Even if there is limited potential in the field, it’s still an amazing starter job. But don’t forget to stay safe, and take all the necessary precautions to avoid injury. If you take all the safety measures, you will be fine, but if you don’t, dire consequences can occur. All in all, have fun, and it’s an amazing starter job to have.

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REQUIRED RESOURCES

  • Indeed.com:  A website where you can find a long list of construction jobs to apply for.