Details Report for:
47-2031.00 - Carpenters
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.
Sample of reported job titles: Assembler, Bridge Carpenter, Bridge Repair Crew Person, Cabinet Maker, Carpenter, Concrete Carpenter, Construction Worker, Form Carpenter, Framer, Rough Carpenter
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Accounting software — Intuit QuickBooks ; Intuit Quicken; Job costing software
- Computer aided design CAD software — Drawing and drafting software
- Information retrieval or search software — Renaissance MasterCarpenter
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Operating system software — Microsoft Windows
- Project management software — Bosch Punch List; Estimating software; Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal; VirtualBoss (see all 5 examples)
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Web page creation and editing software
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word ; Wilhelm Publishing Threshold
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Air compressors
- Alignment jig — Baluster jigs; Level jigs
- Bandsaw wheel — Bandsaws
- Belt sander — Belt sanders
- Bevels — Sliding t-bevels
- Biscuit jointers — Biscuit joiners; Joiners
- Caulking guns
- Cheesegrater file — Wood files
- Compasses — Pencil compasses
- Conventional truck cranes — Truck cranes
- Drilling machines — Drill presses
- Drum sander — Drum sanders
- Feeder jig — Push sticks
- Forklifts — Pettibones; Rough terrain forklifts
- Gas generators — Power generators
- Guide jig — Chain saw jigs; Chainsaw jigs; Mortise jigs
- Hammer drills — Rotary hammers
- Hammers — Framing hammers
- Hard hats
- Impact wrenches — Electric impact wrenches
- Jacks — Beam-lifting jacks; Screw jacks; Wall-lifting jacks
- Ladders — Extension ladders; Fold-up ladders; Non-conducting ladders
- Laser measuring systems — Laser measuring tools
- Level sensors or transmitters — Carpentry transits; Transit levels
- Levels — Laser levels; Self-stopping levels; Torpedo levels; Visible beam laser levels (see all 15 examples)
- Metal markers or holders — Marking gauges
- Moisture meters
- Needlenose pliers
- Notebook computers
- Personal computers
- Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA
- Planes — Hand planers; Rabbet planes; Shapers
- Plumb bobs — Plumb lines
- Pneumatic nail drivers — Pneumatic nail guns
- Pocket calculator — Handheld calculators
- Power drills — Cordless drills
- Power grinders — Disc grinders
- Power nail guns — Nail guns
- Power planes — Electric planers
- Power routers — Plunge routers; Portable routers; Trim routers
- Power sanders — Handheld rotary tools; Random orbital sanders
- Power saws — Beam saws; Circular saws; Reciprocating saws; Worm-drive saws (see all 7 examples)
- Power staple guns — Brad tackers
- Pry bars — Mini pry bars
- Pullers — Cat's paws
- Safety boots — Work boots
- Safety harnesses or belts — Fall arrest systems
- Saw blades — Dado blades
- Saw guide — Saw guides
- Sawing machines — Compound miter saws; Miter saws
- Saws — Hand saws
- Scaffolding — Ladder jacks; Pump jacks
- Scaffolding stabilizers — Ladder levelers
- Screwdrivers — Multi-tip screwdrivers; Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers
- Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers
- Squares — Combination squares; Framing squares; Layout bars
- Staple guns — Hammer staplers
- Tape measures — Cross-curve tape measures; Measuring tapes; Story pole tape measures
- Tinners snips — Snips
- Triangles — Right triangles
- Utility knives
- Wood auger bit — Auger bits
- Wood chisels — Draw chisels; Morticers
- Clean work sites.
- Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
- Mark reference points on construction materials.
- Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly.
- Cut wood components for installation.
- Install wooden structural components.
- Install building fixtures.
- Install doors or windows.
- Verify alignment of structures or equipment.
- Order construction or extraction materials or equipment.
- Select construction materials.
- Coordinate construction project activities.
- Prepare operational reports.
- Estimate construction project costs.
- Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
- Position construction forms or molds.
- Inspect work sites to determine condition or necessary repairs.
- Drill holes in construction materials.
- Record operational or environmental data.
- Remove worn, damaged or outdated materials from work areas.
- Build construction forms or molds.
- Install safety or support equipment.
- Apply decorative or textured finishes or coverings.
- Prepare hazardous waste for processing or disposal.
- Dig holes or trenches.
- Direct construction or extraction personnel.
- Position safety or support equipment.
- Install trim or paneling.
- Apply material to fill gaps in surfaces.
- Install carpet or flooring.
- Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities.
- Weld metal components.
- Assemble products or production equipment.
|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 orderlies, counter and rental clerks, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.|
|SVP Range||(4.0 to < 6.0)|
|47-2021.00||Brickmasons and Blockmasons|
|47-2044.00||Tile and Stone Setters|
|47-2051.00||Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers|
|47-2053.00||Terrazzo Workers and Finishers|
|47-2081.00||Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers|
|47-2152.00||Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters|
|47-2211.00||Sheet Metal Workers|
|47-2221.00||Structural Iron and Steel Workers Bright Outlook|
|51-4192.00||Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2020)||$23.81 hourly, $49,520 annual|
|Employment (2019)||1,024,100 employees|
|Projected growth (2019-2029)||Little or no change|
|Projected job openings (2019-2029)||89,000|
|Top industries (2019)||
Construction (61% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2019-2029 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
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