Bricklayers – NOC 7281 SDG
Number of People Who Work in this Industry
Median Income of People Working in this Occupation
of People Working in this Occupation
54.5% of the workforce has an apprenticeship or trade certificate
27.3% of the workforce has a secondary school diploma
Age of the Workforce
in this Occupation
41.2% of the workforce is age 45 to 64
The employment outlook in our region for 2017-2019 is fair.
Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
Not many positions will become available due to retirements
Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities tend to be more favourable during the summer months.
Projected growth rate in Ontario: 9.1% – 10%
What Else Do I Need to Know?
The majority of bricklayers work in the construction industry, mainly as foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors.
Apart from new construction, many older buildings will undergo renovations or retrofits, which will create some work for bricklayers.
These tradespersons often find employment through their unions. There are two voluntary skilled trades associated with this occupation in Ontario – bricklayers, also called brick and stone masons, and restoration masons. Although trade certification is available and may be more favourable, it appears that some employers do not require certification to secure employment. As such, this opens the labour pool to those with informal training such as years of practical experience on the job and/or some college courses in masonry.
This occupation is rather seasonal with better job prospects in the spring to summer months. In addition to seasonality, some bricklayers may find a slowdown in work between construction projects. Bricklayers often have to work at various locations so most employers prefer those with a valid driver’s license. Some employers also seek candidates with experience in a particular area of construction such as restoration. Tradespersons who work at heights must complete a provincially-required working at heights training program.