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Carpenters

Also called: Cabinet Maker, Carpenter, Form Carpenter, Scaffold Builder

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What they do:
Construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood and comparable materials, such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters; and wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. May also install cabinets, siding, drywall, and batt or roll insulation. Includes brattice builders who build doors or brattices (ventilation walls or partitions) in underground passageways.
On the job, you would:
  • Follow established safety rules and regulations and maintain a safe and clean environment.
  • Measure and mark cutting lines on materials, using a ruler, pencil, chalk, and marking gauge.
  • Assemble and fasten materials to make frameworks or props, using hand tools and wood screws, nails, dowel pins, or glue.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • design
Business
  • management
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Spatial
  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed
Physical Strength
  • use your lower back and stomach

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Accounting software
  • Intuit QuickBooks Hot Technology
  • Quicken
Project management software
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal
  • VirtualBoss
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology
  • Wilhelm Publishing Threshold

Education

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.
Salary
$48,260
$31,880
$80,940
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