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Cabinetmakers & Bench Carpenters

Also called: Cabinet Assembler, Cabinet Installer, Cabinetmaker, Frame Builder

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What they do:
Cut, shape, and assemble wooden articles or set up and operate a variety of woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, and mortisers to surface, cut, or shape lumber or to fabricate parts for wood products.
On the job, you would:
  • Verify dimensions or check the quality or fit of pieces to ensure adherence to specifications.
  • Produce or assemble components of articles, such as store fixtures, office equipment, cabinets, or high-grade furniture.
  • Measure and mark dimensions of parts on paper or lumber stock prior to cutting, following blueprints, to ensure a tight fit and quality product.


Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • design
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Concern for Others


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Facilities management software
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software
Computer aided design CAD software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
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