Because carpenters are involved in many types of construction, from building highways and bridges to installing kitchen cabinets, they work both indoors and outdoors. The work is sometimes strenuous, and carpenters have a higher rate of injuries and illnesses than the national average. Their job duties are varied:
Carpenters typically do the following:
Follow blueprints and building plans to meet the needs of clients
Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding
Measure, cut, and shape wood, plastic, and other materials
Construct building frameworks, including walls, floors, and doorframes
Erect, level, and install building framework with the aid of rigging hardware and cranes
Inspect and replace damaged framework or other structures and fixtures
Instruct and direct laborers and other construction helpers
National Median Salary
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Entry-level education requirements:
High school diploma/GE
Job outlook (2014-24):
Average pace(6 percent projected growth)*
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