No. 4 fastest-growing career: Brickmason/stonemason's helper
Projected 2010-20 growth:
Brickmason's helpers are members of another field the BLS expects to benefit from the U.S. construction industry's recovery.
The agency predicts firms will create 17,600 brickmason-helper jobs during the current decade -- better than a 60% growth rate.
Brickmason's helpers (median pay: $27,820) tote equipment and otherwise assist masons with brick, stone, tile and marble installation.
Like other kinds of construction helpers, brickmason's helpers generally need just a GED or a high-school education, although some attend technical schools or complete long apprenticeships. And again, employers tend to favor military veterans, as well as helpers experienced in multiple construction fields.