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What Does It Mean to Be a Carpenter?

From foundation to roof, office to home and every place between, carpenters create the framework of our daily lives. It's a noble trade, with roots spanning to every Main Street and metropolis in modern America.

Carpenters aren't just the shapers of wood, steel and plaster — they knit society together in a deliberate and permanent way.

We spend our lives surrounded by their work, unassuming and quietly important, seamlessly connecting us with our work, our families and our culture.

CARPENTER

What Does It Mean to Be a Carpenter?

From foundation to roof, office to home and every place between, carpenters create the framework of our daily lives. It's a noble trade, with roots spanning to every Main Street and metropolis in modern America.

Carpenters aren't just the shapers of wood, steel and plaster — they knit society together in a deliberate and permanent way.

We spend our lives surrounded by their work, unassuming and quietly important, seamlessly connecting us with our work, our families and our culture.

How Does a+Carpenter Stack Up?

Salary

$42,700

a year on average

Independence

Carpentry is highly collaborative, working with every tradesperson on site.

Technical

Carpenters must consider and plan for the needs of any other tradesperson involved.

Problem-Solving

Carpenters must solve a problem while maintaining structural integrity.

Creativity

Every inch of a structure is the carpenter's creative vision come to life.

Variety

Carpentry is a trade that covers it all. If you want variety this is the trade for you.

What Does a Carpenter Do?

Like most professional trades, carpentry spans a wide range of fields and vocations. At its most fundamental level, a carpenter creates structures and functional objects. Perhaps the most familiar type is a general or finish carpenter, who helps create residential homes, offices and shops.

General carpenters often work closely with other tradespeople, such as plumbers and electricians, who contribute to the final product. It's a highly collaborative process that results in a product far greater than the sum of its parts.

Other up-and-coming, sought-after vocations are conservation carpenters who preserve historical sites and green carpenters who specialize in sustainable buildings and materials.

What Does It Take to Be a Carpenter?

Aspiring carpenters often attend a trade or vocational school for two years. Online trade school is an excellent alternative for non-traditional students who have other responsibilities like full-time employment or family obligations.

Because carpenters are the masters of their environment, they need to be armed with the knowledge and skillset to understand the complete framework of a project. Most programs include a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience. Coursework includes building technology, construction methods, design elements throughout the construction process, project management, blueprint drawing and reading, building code requirements, math and much more.

How Much Does a Carpenter Earn?

The median salary for a general carpenter is approximately $42,700, but can vary based on location, field and experience. Top carpenters can make $90,000 or more.

The job outlook is expected to grow by at least 8%, with trade school and apprenticeship graduates boasting a high degree of employability.

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