Carpenter Career


Carpenters work with wood; cutting, assembling and fitting wood in all manner of places. Carpenters usually work with the instructions that they have been given and they have to follow the blue print. They measure, mark and shape from wood and join pieces together.

How to Become a Carpenter

If you do not have high school qualification, you can gain hands on training by becoming a carpenters apprentice’s. There are many apprentice programs offered by various associations and committees in US. You have to be at least 17 years old to enroll for an apprentice program. Apprenticeship takes 3-4 years to complete.

Alternatively, get a High School qualification. Then join a community college or degree program that offers carpentry training.

Getting a certification will see you gain more employment opportunities. Certification is a must if you choose to become a commercial carpenter, but if you want to become a residential carpenter, it is not a must for you to gain certification.

Types, Description, Information

You can pursue a residential or commercial career path in carpentry.  You can also choose to be self employed, work for independent contractors or work outside the carpentry industry.

Qualifications: Courses, Training, Certification

There are basic and advanced carpentry classes. In basic carpentry classes you will learn carpentry basics such as handling power tools and how to read blue prints.

When taking carpenter training courses ensure that your classes include; math, various tools and equipments that are used by carpenters, materials used and how to manage costs and finances in a carpenter career.

Schools, Colleges, Universities

To stand a better chance of gaining admission to a carpenter college, take classes in mechanical drawing, geometry, English, general shop and blueprint reading while still in high school. Colleges that offer training n carpentry include:

Central Arizona College in Arizona

Iowa Central Community College in Iowa

Montana State University, Northern in Montana

Nebraska Indian Community College in Nebraska

Seattle Central Community College

Job opportunities, Salaries and Recruitment

The average pay for carpenters was $17 per hour by 2006 according to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The salary depends on the kind of project that you are working on, for instance heavy construction, residential or floor work. Most carpenters are self-employed.

The job outlook for those in a carpenter career is good since job opportunities are expected to increase at an average rate like other professional careers. There are better career prospects for those with professional, formal training. The yearly earnings average $43,000.

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