Bricklayers and Stonemasons

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Bricklayers and Stonemasons

Bricklayers and Stonemasons - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, bricklayers and stonemasons:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of contact with others. They interact with others face-to-face daily, and often communicate by telephone.
  • Are responsible for the work done by assistants and other workers.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of coworkers.
  • Often work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Nearly always work outdoors, unless they are installing a fireplace or industrial furnace indoors.
  • Wear kneepads, gloves, or hard hats on a daily basis.
  • Are regularly are exposed to hazardous situations and equipment, such as when using saws.
  • Are occasionally exposed to contaminants, such as chemical mortar removers.
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  • Sometimes are exposed to uncomfortable noise levels, such as when sawing through bricks or stone.
  • Sometimes are exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures.
  • Occasionally work in cramped areas, such as when finishing corners.
  • Are sometimes exposed to high places, such as when climbing to and standing on scaffolding.
  • May work near others, such as when occupying the same work space.

Work Performance

  • Work in a competitive atmosphere. Contractors often compete for jobs.
  • Must be very exact in laying the brick or stone so that the structure is level and has no cracks or holes.
  • Repeat the same physical activities over and over.
  • Occasionally make decisions that affect customers and other workers. They usually make decisions without talking to a supervisor first.
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  • Set some of their daily tasks and goals by themselves, but often check with managers first.
  • Must meet strict weekly deadlines.


  • Usually work 40 hours a week.
  • May work weekends and holidays.
  • May work only during good weather, since many work outside.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.