Cement Masons

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Cement Masons

Cement Masons - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, cement masons:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social interaction. They interact with coworkers and clients, but also work alone.
  • Communicate with clients and coworkers by telephone and in person on a daily basis.
  • May work as part of a team.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
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  • Have some responsibility for the health and safety of others.
  • Occasionally are placed in conflict situations in which clients or contractors may be unhappy with the work.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often wear protective attire, such as kneepads or water-repellent boots.
  • Are regularly exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
  • Often are exposed to contaminants, such as chemicals from uncured concrete.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment.
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  • Often work outdoors, but may on occasion work indoors. Indoor locations are usually not temperature-controlled.
  • May work in very bright or very dim lighting, depending on the weather and work site.
  • Are sometimes exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures when working outdoors.
  • May have to get into awkward positions to reach cramped work places.
  • May travel to and from work sites in a truck or van.
  • May work physically close to others, such as within a few feet.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could require that jobs be redone.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Must sometimes allow the work pace to be set by the speed of equipment.
  • Make decisions on a weekly and daily basis that affect their employer and clients.
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  • Often make decisions without consulting others. This will depend on the situation and task.
  • Set some, but not all, of their daily tasks and goals without consulting a supervisor.
  • Work in a moderately competitive environment where weekly deadlines must be met.


  • Usually work a regular 40-hour week.
  • Schedules may vary depending on the availability of work and the weather.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.