Summary Report for:
47-2031.01 - Construction Carpenters
Construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter's hand tools and power tools.
Sample of reported job titles: Carpenter, Lead Carpenter, Assembler, Finish Carpenter, Construction Worker, Custom Stair Builder, Installer, Production Worker, Trim Carpenter, Concrete Carpenter
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Study specifications in blueprints, sketches, or building plans to prepare project layout and determine dimensions and materials required.
- Shape or cut materials to specified measurements, using hand tools, machines, or power saws.
- 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.
- Install structures or fixtures, such as windows, frames, floorings, trim, or hardware, using carpenters' hand or power tools.
- Verify trueness of structure, using plumb bob and level.
- Build or repair cabinets, doors, frameworks, floors, or other wooden fixtures used in buildings, using woodworking machines, carpenter's hand tools, or power tools.
- Assemble and fasten materials to make frameworks or props, using hand tools and wood screws, nails, dowel pins, or glue.
- Remove damaged or defective parts or sections of structures and repair or replace, using hand tools.
- Inspect ceiling or floor tile, wall coverings, siding, glass, or woodwork to detect broken or damaged structures.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
|Ladders — Extension ladders; Fold-up ladders; Non-conducting ladders|
|Levels — Calibrating electronic levels; Laser levels; Torpedo levels; Visible beam laser levels|
|Power sanders — Belt sanders; Drum sanders; Handheld rotary tools; Random orbital sanders|
|Power saws — Beam saws; Circular saws; Reciprocating saws; Worm-drive saws|
|Screwdrivers — Multi-tip screwdrivers; Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers|
Technology used in this occupation:
|Accounting software — Intuit QuickBooks software; Intuit Quicken software; Job costing software|
|Office suite software — Microsoft Office software|
|Project management software — Bosch Punch List; Craftsman CD Estimator; Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal; VirtualBoss|
|Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel|
|Word processing software — Microsoft Word; Wilhelm Publishing Threshold|
|Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.|
|Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.|
|Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).|
|Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.|
|Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.|
|Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.|
|Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).|
|Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.|
|Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?|
|Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?|
|Title||Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed|
|Education||These occupations usually require a high school diploma.|
|Related Experience||Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.|
|SVP Range||(4.0 to < 6.0)|
There are 15 recognized apprenticeable specialties associated with this occupation:
Boatbuilder, Wood; Carpenter; Carpenter, Maintenance; Carpenter, Ship; Casket Assembler; Joiner; Lather; Lathing Specialist; Prop Maker; Residential Carpenter; Residential Carpenter Specialist; Carpenter, Interior Systems; Carpenter, Interior Systems; Carpenter, Mold; Shipwright
To learn about specific apprenticeship opportunities, please consult the U.S. Department of Labor State Apprenticeship Information website.
For general information about apprenticeships, training, and partnerships with business, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship website.
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|66||High school diploma or equivalent|
|6||Some college, no degree|
Interest code: RCI
|Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.|
|Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.|
|Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.|
|Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.|
|47-2021.00||Brickmasons and Blockmasons Bright Outlook|
|47-2044.00||Tile and Marble Setters|
|47-2051.00||Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers|
|47-2053.00||Terrazzo Workers and Finishers|
|47-2081.00||Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers|
|47-2211.00||Sheet Metal Workers Green|
|51-4192.00||Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic|
Wages & Employment Trends
Median wages data collected from Carpenters.
Employment data collected from Carpenters.
Industry data collected from Carpenters.
|Median wages (2012)||$19.20 hourly, $39,940 annual|
|Employment (2012)||901,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Much faster than average (22% or higher)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||329,200|
|Top industries (2012)|
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Sources of Additional Information
Disclaimer: Sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industries. Links to non-DOL Internet sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.
- Carpenters . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.
- Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) , 2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22201. Phone: (703) 548-3118. Fax: (703) 548-3119.
- Home Builders Institute (HBI) , 1201 15th St. NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005. Phone: (800) 795-7955. Fax: (202) 266-8999.
- National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) , 1201 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005. Phone: (800) 368-5242.
- United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) , 50 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20001.