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Carpenters

Also called: Cabinet Maker, Carpenter, Concrete Carpenter, Form Carpenter

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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.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • management

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
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
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Spatial
  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed

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
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Leadership

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Accounting software
  • Intuit QuickBooks Hot Technology
  • Intuit 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)

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$49,520
$31,200
$87,410
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