Simply put, masons use mortar or natural weight to join bricks, blocks, tiles or stones together, creating everything from walls and floors to roads and pathways. Specific disciplines include cement, stone, plaster or brick masonry. Hit hard in the 2008 recession, the masonry workforce is expected to grow by 60 percent this decade.
You won’t need any formal education to become a mason, but you should get an apprenticeship. The surest way to earn an apprenticeship is through proven, on-site experience. Apprenticeship programs, which include classroom training and on-the-job experience, typically take three years to complete.
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