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Carpenter
“We build things!”
Average Pay: about $42,940 per year    Qualifications: OJT
The Job
Construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood, such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters; wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. May also install cabinets, siding, drywall and batt or roll insulation. Include brattice builders who build doors or brattices (ventilation walls or partitions) in underground passageways to control the proper circulation of air through the passageways and to the working places.
Work Environment
Carpentry work is sometimes strenuous. Prolonged standing, climbing, bending, and kneeling often are necessary.
College Majors
None required
Minimum Qualifications
Becoming a skilled carpenter usually takes 3-4 years of both classroom and on-the-job training.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Carpenters need manual dexterity, good eye-hand coordination, physical fitness, and a good sense of balance. The ability to solve mathematical problems quickly and accurately also is required.
Quick Facts
  • About 32 percent of all carpenters are self-employed.
  • Learning to be a carpenter can start in high school.
Compensation and Outlook
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