Carpenters construct and repair building frameworks and structures—such as stairways, doorframes, partitions, rafters, and bridge supports—made from wood and other materials. They also may install kitchen cabinets, siding, and drywall.
Because carpenters are involved in many types of construction, from building highways and bridges to installing kitchen cabinets, they work both indoors and outdoors. The work is sometimes strenuous, and carpenters have a higher rate of injuries and illnesses than the national average.
Although most carpenters learn their trade through an apprenticeship, some learn on the job, starting as a helper.
The median annual wage for carpenters was $42,090 in May 2015.
Employment of carpenters is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Increased levels of new homebuilding and remodeling activity will require more carpenters.
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