Brick Masonry

Masonry workers, also known as masons, use bricks, concrete and concrete blocks, as well as natural and manmade stones, to build walkways, walls, and other structures.

Skills include:

  • Mix mortar and grout
  • Lay lines and grades
  • Erect block and brick walls, partitions, and precast masonry panels
  • Restore structures
  • Lay brick floors and stairs
  • Build fireplaces, chimneys, arches, and patios
  • Read blueprints or drawings to calculate materials needed
  • Lay out patterns, forms, or foundations according to plans
  • Break or cut materials to required size
  • Use green building techniques to conserve energy resources
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Demands of the job

Much of the work is outside and physically demanding—bending, lifting, standing, climbing, and kneeling. The work is creative in nature. If you like working with your hands and have an eye for detail, brick masonry may be the trade for you.


Employment of masonry workers is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. Population growth is expected to result in the need for masons to work on construction of schools, homes, offices, and other buildings. Land developers, brick contractors, general contractors, remodelers, and landscaping companies are examples of business that might hire an entry-level mason.

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