8 entry level construction jobs you can get today, with no experience.

Entry Level Construction Jobs

How To Get Started in Construction With No Experience

If you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in getting into Construction, right? If so, that’s great!

But if you’ve never worked in construction before, and you have no formal training, you might want to know what entry level construction jobs you can get with no experience (or at least very little experience).

Entry level construction jobs

In this section we’ll walk you through entry level construction jobs that you can start today, no experience needed. What’s more, many of these can turn into full time careers – where you can grow in your skills and even advance into other positions, or run your own company.

Starting as a Laborer (Read This Before the List)

Before jumping into the list, it’s important to understand that all the positions we’re outlining in this article are “laborer” or “worker” positions. Basically, that means that with any of the positions below, you’ll need to start as a helper/laborer/worker, and move up from there.

In other words, in one sense – there are no “prominent” (or high paying) construction jobs (even entry level jobs) you can start with no experience. Construction is still like any other industry, you can’t walk in and expect to pick up a higher level job with no experience. In reality, all well-paying, higher position jobs require knowledge of that job.

So it might seem really obvious, but it’s important to make the point that you can’t walk off the street with zero experience, and start as a carpenter earning $30 on your first day. It will take time, dedication, and practice to get to the skill level where you are worth that much money to a company.

But, here’s the cool thing.

What’s really great about the 8 positions we outline here, is that all of them – though basic – allow you to come in with literally no experience, start earning a paycheck, and start learning a trade. Most of them only require a high school diploma or G.E.D., and some may not even require that.

That’s really important to understand, because not all construction related trades are like that. For example, electrical work is really dangerous and can be somewhat complicated, so it requires a good deal of education or training to learn how to properly and safely wire a house or address an issue. Similarly, it seems that becoming an HVAC technician is another position that requires some sort of formal vocational training, unless you work for a company that’s willing to teach you on the job.

The great thing about all the positions here, are that all of them all you to start learning, and work your way up from there. As long as you’re eager to learn, work hard, show up on time (early!), ask questions, and communicate your desire to keep learning and growing, you can keep working your way up. And who knows? Maybe some day you’ll branch off on your own and start your own construction company.

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Alright, that being said – let’s take a look at 8 entry level construction jobs you can get right now, and start a career in the trades…

8 Entry Level Construction Jobs

01. Carpentry Laborer
02. General Contractor’s Laborer
03. Landscape Laborer
04. Painting Laborer
05. Commercial Construction Laborer
06. Flooring and Tile Laborer
07. Masonry Worker
08. Roofing Laborer

Below, we’ve given a short description of each job. If you’d like to learn how much you make at each of these entry level construction jobs and where you can go from there to make a career out of it, you can find more info below.

What you’ll do in each job…

01. Carpentry Laborer

You’ll probably help set up and tear down tools on the job site, carry equipment/materials, clean up debris and trash on the site, and start to learn some carpentry basics. From here, you can begin to learn the trade and start to work your way up to full time carpenter.

02. General Contractor’s Laborer

This can be really similar to being a carpentry laborer. The difference is that someone who is strictly in carpentry might work in their own home wood shop, or might do more limited jobs. A residential general contractor on the other hand, will be building additions, framing homes, remodeling kitchens, bathrooms and rooms, and more. The advantage is that you’ll get to see a lot of different types of skills in action, as many contractors have crews that do their own drywall, tiling, carpentry, and more. When you’re working as a laborer, you’ll be put wherever you’ll be most useful. Again, that might be helping set up and tear down, removing debris, etc. But you’ll also have the opportunity to start being put on some basic tasks or entry level jobs, where you can start to learn some new skills. So you might get to learn drywall in your first couple weeks, or maybe they’ll have you mixing concrete.

03. Landscape Laborer

You’ll probably get thrown right into the action in this job. You’ll be weed whacking, and will likely be trained in using a mower (zero turn or otherwise) fairly quickly. If it’s a bigger or more diverse company, you may do mulching, snow plowing (in the winter seasons), ice removal, and more. This is hard outdoors work, but there’s lots of opportunities to learn the Landscaping trade and eventually go up in pay, or start your own company. You may end up working on commercial accounts (like box chain store parking lot mulching/snow plow, or big lawn areas) or residentially (on individual people’s homes).

Landscaping entry level construction jobs

04. Painting Laborer

Working as a laborer for a painting company, what you’re doing will depend on the type of work. If you’re working for a residential painter, you’ll probably be taught proper painting technique fairly quickly. You’ll probably also lay out painting sheets on the floor, tape around things that can’t get painted, etc. It’s a great chance to learn a trade and get right into it.

05. Commercial Construction Laborer

Here, you’ll be working on commercial construction projects: large buildings, schools, roads, and more. You could be doing anything, and everything. Under the broad title of “commercial construction laborer”, there’s a lot of smaller jobs or fields you might be in.


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06. Flooring and Tile Laborer

In this position, you’ll start working under flooring and tile specialists. You’ll likely start learning the trade fairly quickly, learning installation techniques, and more.

07. Masonry Worker

Masons might do everything from building stone or brick walls, to walkways and patios, and more. As a beginning laborer, you’ll be instructed in proper installation techniques, and help lay out stone and brick, move materials on the job site, and more.

08. Roofing Laborer

What you’ll do as a roofing laborer depends on if you’re doing commercial or residential roofing. You might be tasked with any of the following: managing dumpster space (making sure all the roof debris being torn off fits into the dumpster), tearing up old roofs, carrying materials on the job site, and some basic installation techniques.

Tips for Success

We know, you’re ready to start looking through the classifieds (do people do that anymore??), or Googling and calling your local companies to ask for a job.

But take one minute, and read these tips. We wrote them to help you succeed in your new job. After all, just because you have no experience doesn’t mean you can’t work hard, learn fast, and earn your employer’s respect! These entry level construction jobs are just that – ways to enter the trades and begin a lifelong career, if you want it.

01. Show up early.

Early is on time. So many contractors/tradespeople are late – you’ll stand out if you’re 15 minutes early every day, tools in hand and ready to go.

02. Be clear about your ambitions.

You don’t need to tell your employer up front that you want to someday start your own company (because really, you don’t know what the trade is even like yet, right?), but you should tell him/her that you aspire to grow in your position in the company, and want to advance and learn as much as you can.

03. Work hard. Really hard.

Listen, and learn all you can. Work diligently, and do your best work every single day. If you do that, and are working for a skilled and reputable company, they will take notice.

04. Be patient.

Don’t expect to get promoted (or a raise) in just a few months. Even if you think you’re ready, your employer (or site foreman/supervisor) might know you’re not. And even if you are, your employer has a lot going on. They’re managing client expectations, deadlines, multiple jobs, etc. Be patient, keep working hard, and doing quality work every day. It’s OK to ask for a conversation to talk about your pay/future/position in the company, but don’t do it often, and respect if they say you need more time.

05. Don’t get held back.

After reading point #3, you might think you just need to take what comes, and that’s not necessarily true. If you’re working for a good company who wants to see you advance, you’ll have to be patient, but they will help you grow. If you find that your employer is delaying, doesn’t do quality work, or doesn’t carry to teach you more – you might want to look for an opportunity at another company. You might want to find a couple companies who can evaluate your skill, and that are willing to keep growing you in pay and position.

06. Take care of yourself.

The trades are hard. They’re hard on your body, you’re lifting a lot, it can be hot, hard work. That’s OK – you’re body is made to move, and work and sweat. But be sure that you learn how to work in a sustainable, healthy way. Practically that means: drink tons of water all day (not flavored sports drinks or soda), stretch before/after your work (think we’re crazy? It’ll feel amazing!), lift with your knees (not your back!), eat well (tons of vegetables, low sugar, etc.), oh… and get good sleep. We’re not trying to be your mom – but all these things will help you wake up ready and refreshed for another day of work, every day. If you run your body into the ground, eat crap all day, get dehydrated, you’re going to perform poorly. You’ll feel lazy and tired, you’ll struggle to pay attention and learn new skills, and you’ll wear out.

Tips for entry level construction jobs

07. Enjoy every day.

Enjoy working out doors. Enjoy the team you’re working with, and the music you’re working to. Find enjoyment in the tasks you’ve been given to do, even if they’re small or simple. Focus on crushing them and doing your best, and keep advancing. It’s going to take time, so enjoy the ride! Positivity on the job site goes a long way.

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