So. You're about to graduate high school.
Ok, then! Are you ready...
...for another 2-4 years of being in a classroom all day?
...for sitting inside all day?
...to work a dead-end minimum wage job?
Then you should become a bricklayer!👇
What Does A Bricklayer Do?
In order to build or repair structures, floors, or walls made of brick, you'll:
measure and plan the work area
read blueprints and plans
mix mortar by machine or hand
use hand and power tools to lay the mortar and bricks
check work for accuracy using measuring devices
work as part of a construction team on a work site
Laying Out The Pros And Cons
Can begin work quickly
You get to work outside
The pay is good
You can start your own business
You get to build things
International mobility for work
It's a recession-proof job
Keeping it real
Working in hot and cold weather
Requires continuous upskilling
Low pay to start as a rookie brickie
Some worksites can have risks
Will I Be Stacking 💰💰 AND Bricks?
You might not make a lot of money to start with but your earning potential increases greatly with experience and skills.
Average Salary in Canada
C$ 60,000 per year
Hourly average C$ 35.00
Avg. Salary in the U.S.
US$ 47,710 per year
Hourly average US$ 22.94
If you ever want to start your own business, masonry is a good way to make that happen.
OK! Where Do I Start?
Graduate high school
Get an entry-level apprenticeship
Get any necessary trade licenses (required in some provinces and states)
Attend vocational school to increase your skills and prospects
So, you've decided you want to be a brickmason...
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