Occupation Profile for Structural Iron and Steel Workers

Raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.


$40,480.00 Median Annual Wage 3,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
10.0 Average Unemployment Percentage 67.6 Percentage That Completed High School
72,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 28.6 Percentage That Had Some College
76,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 3.8 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Apprentice, Iron Worker
Apprentice, Ornamental Iron Worker
Apprentice, Ornamental Metal Erector
Apprentice, Structural Iron Worker
Apprentice, Structural Steel Worker
Assembler, Metal Buildings
Billboard Erector
Billboard Installer
Bridge Maintainer
Erector, Structural Steel
Fitter / Welder
Fitter, Structural Steel
Guard Rail Installer
Guzzler Builder
Iron Erector
Iron Setter
Iron Worker
Ironworker, Construction, Buildings
Ironworker, Structural Steel
Joist Setter
Layout Worker
Mechanic, Awnings
Mechanic, Billboard
Metal Tank Erector
Metal Trim Erector
Oil Field Rig Builder
Ornamental Iron Erector
Ornamental Ironworker
Ornamental Metal Worker
Playground Equipment Erector
Sheet Ironworker
Sign Board Erector
Sign Builder
Sign Erector
Sign Hanger
Sign Installer
Steel Construction Worker
Steel Erector
Steel Fabricator
Steel Fitter
Steel Hanger
Steel Layout Worker
Steel Rigger
Steel Worker
Structural Iron Erector
Structural Ironworker
Structural Layout Worker
Structural Metal Worker
Structural Rigger
Structural Steel Erector
Structural Steel Fitter
Structural Steel Worker Apprentice
Structural Worker
Tank Builder, Metal
Tank Erector, Metal
Tank Setter
Tower Hand

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Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Core — Erect metal and precast concrete components for structures such as buildings, bridges, dams, towers, storage tanks, fences, and highway guard rails.
  • Core — Verify vertical and horizontal alignment of structural-steel members, using plumb bobs, laser equipment, transits, and/or levels.
  • Core — Unload and position prefabricated steel units for hoisting as needed.
  • Core — Connect columns, beams, and girders with bolts, following blueprints and instructions from supervisors.
  • Core — Drive drift pins through rivet holes in order to align rivet holes in structural-steel members with corresponding holes in previously placed members.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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