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Is Carpentry For You?

If you like working with your hands and making things, then carpentry could be just the job for you. Good carpenters are always in demand. You’ll find yourself working on construction sites or on home improvement and remodeling projects.  As a carpenter you'll learn the skills to cut, measure, and shape lumber in lots of useful ways and how to put all kinds of woodwork together. Most carpenters take great pride in their work - it's a rewarding, highly skilled trade, and lots of companies looking for carpenters near you right now.

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$ 26,000 - $ 69,000
$ 42,000
74,680+
A female carpenter uses a miter saw to cut a piece of wood in the shop
Carpenters have been shaping wood for centuries, but the tools of the trade have improved since ancient times. (Credit: antoniodiaz/Shutterstock)
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A Day In the Life

A Day In the Life

Matthew McVay became a carpenter 17 years ago and hasn’t looked back. “The most surprising thing about the trades is how easy it becomes after you learn the basic concepts,” he said. “One task builds on the concept of the prior task you learn. Everything is comprehensive knowledge.” 

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Job Responsibilities

  • Estimate job requirements and order materials
  • Measure, cut and prepare the lumber for all kinds of job
  • Rough work or framing – putting together the outer frameworks of buildings
  • Finish work or finishing – working on interior elements like stairs, doors, windows…
  • Specialty work – making cabinets, furniture, and kitchens

Education + Training

Get started

Get Started

You'll need a high school diploma or equivalent.
You could start as a laborer on a construction site.

Learn on the job

Learn on the Job

Find your carpenter apprenticeship through a business or contractor association.

Qualifications

Get Your Qualifications

Take classes at carpenter school or community college.
Pass the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour safety course.

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Enjoy Job Security

Specialist courses and wider experience will further develop your skills and increase your earning potential.

Carpentry Requires:

Communicate

Communication and listening skills

Hands

Hands-on work

Heavy materials

Handling heavy materials and tools

Math

Basic math knowledge

Safety

Safety-consciousness

Attention to detail

Attention to detail

on time

Being on time and reliable

Independent

Independent work

Carpenter Training in Your Area

Coordinates
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Path to Pro

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Construction Trades, A.A.S.

Butler Community College
El Dorado (81.0 Miles)
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Construction, Residential CERT B

Hutchinson Community College
Hutchinson (138.4 Miles)
Hutchinson Community College logo

Construction, Residential, A.A.S.

Hutchinson Community College
Hutchinson (138.4 Miles)

Construction Technology, A.A.S.

Manhattan Area Technical College
Manhattan (153.6 Miles)

Construction Technology Certificate A

Manhattan Area Technical College
Manhattan (153.6 Miles)

Construction Technology Certificate C

Manhattan Area Technical College
Manhattan (153.6 Miles)
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Construction/Building Technology, A.A.S.

Mineral Area College
Park Hills (291.6 Miles)
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Construction/Building Technology Certificate

Mineral Area College
Park Hills (291.6 Miles)
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Building Trades Diploma

Des Moines Area Community College
Ankeny (341.0 Miles)

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