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Career and Education Opportunities for Brick and Block Masons in California

California has a population of 36,961,664, which has grown by 9.12% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Golden State," its capital is Sacramento, though its most populous city is Los Angeles.

There are currently 13,400 working brick and block masons in California; this should grow by 10% to about 14,800 working brick and block masons in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for brick and block masons, which sees this job pool growing by about 11.5% over the next eight years. Brick and block masons generally lay and bind building materials, such as brick, structural tile, and terra-cotta block, with mortar and other substances to construct or repair walls, partitions, and other structures.

The income of a brick and block mason is about $23 per hour or $48,450 per year on average in California. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $21 per hour or $45,630 per year on average. Compared with people working in the overall category of Carpentry and Masonry, people working as brick and block masons in California earn more. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Carpentry and Masonry nationally.

In 2008, there were a total of 21,063,338 jobs in California. The average annual income was $43,852 in 2008, up from $43,402 in 2007. The unemployment rate in California was 11.4% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. Approximately 26.6% of California residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in California include other electronic parts merchant wholesalers, payroll services, and wineries. Notable tourist destinations include the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, the Blitzstein Museum of Art, and the Berenbaum Group.

CITIES WITH Brick and Block Mason OPPORTUNITIES IN California


JOB DESCRIPTION: Brick and Block Mason

Brick and Block Mason video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, brick and block masons lay and bind building materials, such as brick, structural tile, and terra-cotta block, with mortar and other substances to construct or repair walls, partitions, and other structures.

Every day, brick and block masons are expected to be able to use lower back and abdominal strength. They need to twist and stretch their arms and legs to get work done.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in California include:

  • Bricklayer Helper. Help brickmasons, blockmasons, or tile and marble setters by performing duties of lesser skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.
  • Painter. Paint walls, equipment, and other structural surfaces, using brushes, rollers, and spray guns. May remove old paint to prepare surface prior to painting. May mix colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency.
  • Plasterer. Apply interior or exterior plaster, cement, or similar materials. May also set ornamental plaster.
  • Roofer. Cover roofs of structures with shingles, slate, and related materials. May spray roofs, sidings, and walls with material to bind, seal, or soundproof sections of structures.
  • Tile Setter. Apply hard tile, marble, and wood tile to walls, floors, and roof decks.

LOCATION INFORMATION: California

California
California photo by Carpaltnl

California has a population of 36,961,664, which has grown by 9.12% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Golden State," its capital is Sacramento, though its biggest city is Los Angeles. In 2008, there were a total of 21,063,338 jobs in California. The average annual income was $43,852 in 2008, up from $43,402 in 2007. The unemployment rate in California was 11.4% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. Roughly 26.6% of California residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in California include other electronic parts merchant wholesalers, payroll services, and wineries. Notable tourist destinations include the American Society of Military History & Museum, the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, and the Black Maria Art Gallery.