New survey ranks the hardest contactor jobs #infographic

 New survey ranks the hardest contactor jobs #infographic

With the increase in popularity in DIY and Home Improvement TV, more and more people are trying their hand to repair and remodel their own home. What is not shown by these popular television shows is just how physically demanding some of these repair jobs are. Not to mention, most of them are both incredibly hard to perform and practice. Many Americans actually forget how hard this task is for most modern contracting jobs.

CraftJack wanted to help the average American understand the challenges of modern contracting jobs today, both in terms of physical demands and mental demands. Recently, they questioned more than 2,000 Americans (1,609 contractors and 652 consumers) to do so. The aim here was to get feedback on both contractors and American customers to see how their views differed over the contractor's difficulties of working. Let's take a deeper dive into the findings of CraftJack's toughest contractor jobs survey.

The research looked at which commercial workers required the most energy, endurance and technical skill. The first section of the study asked both customers and contactors what the most physically demanding occupations are. Surprisingly enough, there was consensus on the top two most physically demanding jobs from both customers and contractors. We both said roofing workers were the most physically demanding commercial jobs, closely followed by demolition work. Contactors said carpentry was the third most demanding job physically, while customers struggled to have carpentry in their top ten.

Drywall & insulation, home cleaning, masonry, electrical, construction, landscaping trees & shrubs, walls, ceilings, cabinets and countertops, plumbing, carpet cleaning, painting and straining and garbage removal were the most difficult industrial work in America. It was drywall and insulation, construction, landscaping trees and shrubs, masonry, junk removal, stone & tile, carpentry, floors, electrical work, plumbing and swimming pools that rounded out the top three most physically demanding trade jobs according to consumers. As you can see, when you look at the lists from both buyers and contractors there is quite a bit of difference.Although they agreed at the top of the list on the most physically demanding jobs, there was little agreement later on.

Physical requirements are just one part of the job. Many occupations often require a lot of mental focus and discipline as well as years of education and job training. Because of this the second part of the survey concentrated on asking both customers and contractors which trade jobs were the hardest to master. Agreement between customers and contractors once more existed.We concluded that electrical work, carpentry, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) were the three hardest trade jobs to know and master. Once again there was conflict between contactors and customers between the trade jobs that were the hardest to master after the top three.

Electrical, carpentry, HVAC, cabinets & countertops, masonry, plumbing, drywall & insulation, painting, flooring, stone & tile, floors, carpet cleaning and excavation were, according to contactors, the most difficult commercial jobs to handle. Consumers decided on top three options of contactors but had otherwise disagreed. First, they listed cabinets and countertops, then plumbing, masonry, drywall and insulation.

The last section of the survey was specifically geared towards contractors. Several questions were posed to contractors about their specific job. Questions asked about both physical demands and how long their trade took them to learn. One thing most contractors agreed on is that they did not find electrical work, carpet cleaning or painting jobs to be physically demanding unless, of course, they were highly trained in that profession. Painters have actually said that their job demands more physically than any other contractor! Flooring contractors said their work was the hardest of all the trades to learn.

The breakdowns of contractors who identified their own specialty as the most challenging as well as the breakdown of contractors who identified their own specialty as the toughest to master are listed below.

Many physically demanding contractors jobs* Contractors who named the most demanding of their own specialty:


  1. Painting & staining (61%) 
  2. Carpentry (54%) 
  3. Electrical work (54%)
  4.  Carpet cleaning (49%)
  5.  Cabinets & countertops (45%)
  6.  Cleaning (44%) 
  7. Flooring (43%) 
  8. Windows & doorways (43%) 
  9. HVAC (40%)
  10.  Landscaping, trees, shrubs (36%)
More difficult job for contractors to mater* Contractors who described their own specialty as the hardest:

  1. Ooring (36%) 
  2. Cleaning (30%) 
  3. Carpentry (27%) 
  4. Carpet cleaning (21%) 
  5. Landscaping, trees, shrubs (20%)
  6.  Painting & staining (20%) 
  7. Cabinets & countertops (18%) 
  8. Doors & doorways (17%) 
  9. Drywall & insulation (16%)
  10.  Electric (16%)
The full rundown and review of CraftJack's most challenging contractor work can also be seen in the graphics below.

 New survey ranks the hardest contactor jobs #infographic

infographic by: craftjack.com

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