A young person has many reasons to pursue a career as a mason, but year after year one of the most common ones is the pride and satisfaction that comes from building. When the job is done, you know you've accomplished something. The masonry industry is a large and complex economic enterprise. A young person can enter the industry in many ways: through professional training as an architect or engineer or through business training as a marketer or salesman. But by far the most common doorway into masonry is through craft training. You may begin a masonry career as an apprentice and then become a journeyman. Wages are near the top of those in the building trades and rival wages for skilled workers in other industries. If you like, you can work into the job of a foreman, a superintendent, an estimator, and in many cases a contractor. You and your skills decide where you stop.