Work with raw materials to build houses and other buildings.
As a Stonemason, you work on the stone or brick portion of a construction project. Your job takes place both indoors and outdoors, and entails building structures such as walls, walkways, piers, and curbstones. You may also perform masonry work on tanks and interior design features. While you’re not the Architect, you must know how to read blueprints and calculate dimensions to complete your portion of the construction project successfully.
Your work is important because, using your skills, you can create the floors that people walk on and the walls that keep them safe, or add the finishing touches to the look of someone’s home. Working as a Stonemason also means that you have the ability to complete safe roadways or bridges. Yet, these accomplishments demand that you develop expertise with a variety of tools, including saws, hammers, and angles, while at the same time being able to operate machinery to mix mortar for each job.
You won’t be wearing a suit or putting your feet up on a desk for this position, but if you take the time to build your own business, you can follow the pattern of other Stonemasons and pass the trade down through your family tree. And while you will normally not have any trouble finding professional work in your field in the United States, you will also be in great demand overseas.