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Concrete Finishers

What they do?

Concrete finishers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Repair, resurface and replace worn or damaged sections of floors, walls, roads and other concrete structures.

B. Check formwork, granular base and steel reinforcement materials and direct placement of concrete into forms or onto surfaces according to grade

C. Fill hollows and remove high spots to smooth freshly poured concrete

D. Operate power vibrator to compact concrete

E. Level top surface of concrete according to grade and depth specifications using straightedge or float

F. Impart desired finish to concrete surfaces using hand and power tools

G. Install anchor bolts, steel plates, door sills and other fixtures in freshly poured concrete

Where they find work?

1. Construction - 89.0%

What education do I need?

1. Completion of secondary school is usually required.

2. Completion of a two- to four-year apprenticeship program

3. Trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces.

4. Red Seal, an interprovincial trade certification, is also available to qualified concrete finishers.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Physical Education
3. Sciences
4. Industrial Arts

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Concrete Finishers is $19.67/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Concrete Finishers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Concrete Finishers Wage By Age


12% of Concrete Finishers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.


Concrete Finishers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Concrete Finishers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Concrete Finishers is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at a below-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($19.67) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (12%) is above the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be below average because of an expected decline in the residential construction industry.

2. The number of persons leaving for retirement will be insufficient to counterbalance weak job creation performance leaving, thus leaving few foreseeable openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (50%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Construction

2. Working to schedule

3. Physical work

Part Time Workers

Concrete Finishers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

6% of Concrete Finishers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 10,200 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 23% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Concrete Finishers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Concrete Finishers Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 11% of Concrete Finishers are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Concrete Finishers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

1% of the individuals employed as Concrete Finishers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Below average.