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Carpenters build, install, and repair frameworks/structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using hand tools and power tools.

(through 2026)
time commitment
1 Year
average salary
job openings
(through 2026)

what you’ll do

  • Study specifications in blueprints, sketches, or building plans to prepare project layout and determine dimensions and materials required.
  • Measure and mark cutting lines on materials, using a ruler, pencil, chalk, and marking gauge.
  • Shape or cut materials to specified measurements, using hand tools, machines, or power saws.
  • Install structures or fixtures, such as windows, frames, floorings, trim, or hardware, using hand or power tools.
  • Involved throughout the building process from the basic layout of a building through the finishing touches.

education & training required

Employees in carpentry need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. Training can occur through a technical school, community college, registered apprenticeship program or an industry training program.

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