Carpentry is the largest of all building trades with many different specialties.

Skills include:

  • Build walls
  • Install roof joists, rafters, and trusses
  • Lay roofs with plywood and shingles
  • Insulate, weather-stripping, and caulking
  • Install doors, windows, and siding
  • Lay wood floors and stairs
  • Install interior finish and trim
  • Install cabinets and countertops
  • Build forms for concrete
  • Frame floors, walls, ceilings, and roofs
  • Apply roof shingles
  • Install exterior doors and windows
  • Apply siding
  • Install insulation
  • Install wallboard
  • Install interior doors
  • Install interior and exterior trim
  • Build concrete forms
  • Perform minor repairs
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Demands of the Job

Carpentry work involves bending, standing, climbing, and kneeling. Carpenters work indoors and outdoors, and use heavy and rough materials, sharp tools, and power equipment. If you are interested in expanding trade skills, carpentry is a good place to start. Many of the advance skills require years of experience in the trade and further education.

Average Annual Wage:

$16.26 per hour

Find a Program or Site


  • General Contractor
  • Land Developer
  • Carpentry Subcontractor
  • Construction Inspector
  • Instructor
  • Product Sales
  • Journeyperson
  • Carpentry Apprentice
  • Carpenter’s Helper