Carpenter

Construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter's hand tools and power tools.

Job Outlook through 2024

Employment Current: 48,880
Employment Projected: 53,760
Percentage Change: 10.0%

Education/Training

Long-term training; apprenticeship and a high school diploma.

Sample Job Titles

  • Assembler
  • Cabinet Maker
  • Carpenter Foreman
  • Carpentry Foreman
  • Concrete Carpenter
  • Construction Superintendent
  • Construction Worker
  • Foreman
  • Framer
  • Production Worker

Duties

  • 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.
  • 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 carpenters' hand or power tools.

Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $29,700
Average: $48,600
Experienced: $58,050