There are currently an estimated 91,100 brickmasons in the United States. The brickmason job market is expected to grow by 10.3% between 2016 and 2026.
How employable are brickmasons?
CareerExplorer rates brickmasons with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 14,900 brickmasons. That number is based on 9,400 additional brickmasons, and the retirement of 5,500 existing brickmasons.
Are brickmasons in demand?
As is the case for many other construction workers, demand for brickmasons is sensitive to economic conditions. In a recession, construction activity declines and unemployment in the field rises. A healthy economy leads to peak building periods during which shortages in available manpower may occur. As the U.S. population naturally increases, demand for housing, schools, hospitals, offices, and industrial facilities will grow and subsequently create a greater need for tradesmen, including masons. The restoration of aging historical buildings and the popularity of brick in interior design should also create opportunities for brickmasons, as should construction of in-demand durable brick structures in hurricane-prone areas. Governments spending more on repairing schools and making government buildings more energy efficient could further improve the job outlook for brickmasons. In addition, increased construction on hillsides, inspired by architects and designers, may result in higher demand due to the need for retaining walls to hold soil in place. An aging workforce in this occupation will also generate openings. The physical aspects of this job, including the requirement to often work outdoors in challenging weather conditions, may deter potential applicants and reduce competition levels. Workers able to install new synthetic materials will have the best job prospects. Those wishing to advance may become supervisors for masonry contractors or transition to closely related areas, such as construction management or building inspection.
What’s the supply of brickmasons?
The brickmason industry is concentrated in New York, Florida, California
Brickmason job market by state
|State Name||Employed Brickmasons|
|District of Columbia||210|
|Virgin Islands, U.S.||30|