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Masons see growth in physically demanding jobs
Median annual pay: $45,410
Not what you would think of as a traditional outdoor job, but brick masons, block masons and stone masons spend most of their time outdoors constructing fences, walkways, walls and other physical structures. The work is hard, but there is a lot of demand for these jobs. The BLS projects a growth rate of 40 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average occupation.
Brick layers often lift heavy material and spend their days standing, kneeling and bending for long periods of time. Despite the risks, they can earn a good salary. The median salary in 2010 was $45,410 per year, or $21.83 per hour, according to the BLS.
Masons don't need a college degree, but most undergo a three- to four-year apprentice program. These jobs can be found around the country, with masons working for large and small contractors, through unions or on their own, the BLS says.