Jay Parsons 22


Cement/Concrete Finisher


I don’t think anyone grows up thinking ‘hey I want to be a concrete finisher when I grow up’.   I didn’t. But I didn’t really have any good ideas about what I did want to do even when I was in high school.  I had no patience for sitting at a desk doing numbers or working on the computer.  The summer I finished school I was nowhere close to having a full-time job let along a career and one of my friends said he had a summer job working with concrete. He said he could get me in too and the money was really good.  Considering the options were Burger King or stocking shelves at the Home Depot I gave it a shot.  The company basically poured and finished concrete floors in new buildings and repaired older floors. It was hard work; on my feet all day and concrete is a heavy material to work with.  I thought it was pretty easy though until it came to the smoothing part and I realized it took real skill but they didn’t let me do that part for a long time anyway.  My second week on the job, I guess after he knew I wasn’t going to just quit like some of the other new guys did, my boss asked me if I would like to get into an apprenticeship program and become a journeyman concrete finisher.  I didn’t have any other great ideas at the time so I took him up on it and all of a sudden I have this great career going with lots of opportunity and a really good pay cheque.  I have about 200 hours left to finish my apprenticeship and then I’ll be at the top of the wage scale.  I’ve always dreamed of having a nice F-150 pick-up and that’s going to be my reward when I get my papers.
What to Expect
Jay Parsons

Cement/Concrete Finisher

I don’t think anyone grows up thinking ‘hey I want to be a concrete finisher when I grow up’.   I didn’t. But I didn’t really have any good ideas about what I did want to do even when I was in high school.  I had no patience for sitting at…
Read More

Cement/Concrete Finisher
Essentials Skills


  • Decision Making
  • Document use & writing
  • Numeracy
  • Problem Solving
  • Oral Communication
Financial Expectation

Cement/Concrete Finisher

Education Roadmap

Cement/Concrete Finisher

Career ETA: 3 years

Read More


Back to Dashboard