realistic interests build structures hand tool safety rules construction fasten materials mark lines work site blueprint support equipment

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.


Engineering and Technology

  • building and construction
  • design


  • management
  • customer service

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security


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


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


  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed

Physical Strength

  • use your lower back and stomach


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


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

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