Concrete Finishers

(NOC 7282)

in All Trades and Transportation

Concrete finishers smooth and finish freshly poured concrete, apply curing, or surface treatments and install, maintain, and restore various masonry structures like foundations, floors, ceilings, sidewalks, roads, patios, and high-rise buildings. They work for construction companies, cement and concrete contractors, and manufacturers of precast concrete products, or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Concrete Finishers most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 13% of Concrete Finishers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$17.33

Minimum

$22.00

Median

$25.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$12,514

Minimum

$35,681

Median

$55,763

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Concrete finishers smooth and finish freshly poured concrete, apply curing, or surface treatments and install, maintain, and restore various masonry structures like foundations, floors, ceilings, sidewalks, roads, patios, and high-rise buildings. They work for construction companies, cement and concrete contractors, and manufacturers of precast concrete products, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Concrete finishers:

  • Check formwork, granular base and steel reinforcement materials and direct placement of concrete into forms or onto surfaces according to grade.
  • Fill hollows and remove high spots to smooth freshly poured concrete.
  • Use power vibrator to compact concrete.
  • Level top surface of concrete according to grade and depth specifications using straightedge or float.
  • Apply desired finish to concrete surfaces using hand and power tools.
  • Install anchor bolts, steel plates, door sills and other fixtures in freshly poured concrete.
  • Apply hardening and sealing compounds to cure surface of concrete.
  • Waterproof, damp-proof and restore concrete surfaces.
  • Repair, resurface and replace worn or damaged sections of floors, walls, roads, and other concrete structures.

Sample job titles

  • cement finisher
  • cement mason
  • concrete finisher
  • concrete floor finisher
  • concrete mason
  • concrete polisher
  • concrete smoother-finisher
  • highway and street cement mason

Skills

Concrete finishers should have physical stamina, agility, and coordination, and be capable of climbing, reaching, crouching, and handling heavy materials. While most of the work is done indoors, you must be willing to work outdoors and at heights. You must be able to perform basic mathematical calculations, and read blueprints and drafting specifications.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • A two- to four-year apprenticeship program or over three years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in cement finishing are usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification for concrete finishers is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is also available to qualified concrete finishers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Other considerations

The majority of workers in these jobs work full-time, but many are employed for only part of the year. Jobs in the construction industry are strongly affected by seasonal changes and general economic conditions. As a result, workers in these jobs should be prepared for periods of unemployment. Also, many work on a project basis and can expect periods of unemployment throughout the year. Work in these jobs tends to be seasonal, with employment peaking in the summer months. The physical demands of this work may make it difficult for people to stay in these jobs for a long time. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

190

employed in 2016

86.8%

employed full-time

15.8%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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48.6

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

38.9%

Halifax

19.4%

North Shore

19.4%

Cape Breton

16.7%

Annapolis Valley

5.6%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

100.0%

Construction

What is the age of Employment?

33.0%

45-54

18.0%

55-64

15.0%

35-44

13.0%

15-24

13.0%

25-34

8.0%

65+

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

39.5%

Less than high school

$28,328 median annual income
31.6%

High school

$37,156 median annual income
15.8%

College Diploma

N/A
13.2%

Trade Certification

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Trade Certification

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Concrete Finishing

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to prepare, construct, and finish buildings, components, and related structures using masonry mixtures of stone, gravel, sand, cement, and water. They include courses in site preparation, applied mathematics, mixing formulas and applications, job estimation, concrete design, finishing techniques, mold preparation, reinforcement installation, site safety, and equipment operation and maintenance.

Institutions providing this program

Apprenticeship Training

Halifax, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Concrete Finisher

Certificate of Qualification (Voluntary): This is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Employers may require certification, but a certificate is not needed to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651

Contacts

Additional resources

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