Carpenters held about 945,400 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most carpenters were as follows:
Residential building construction
Nonresidential building construction
Building finishing contractors
About 1 in 3 carpenters were self-employed in 2014. Most carpenters work in the construction industry, where they account for the largest share of the building trades occupations.
Because carpenters are involved in many types of construction, from building highways and bridges to installing kitchen cabinets, they work both indoors and outdoors.
Carpenters may work in cramped spaces. They frequently shift between lifting, standing, and kneeling, the result of which can be tiring. Those who work outdoors are subject to variable weather conditions, which may limit a carpenter's ability to work.
Injuries and Illnesses
Carpenters have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations. Although a few types of accidents are potentially fatal, the most common injuries include muscle strains from lifting heavy materials, falls from ladders, and cuts from sharp objects and tools.
Nearly all carpenters work full time, which may include working evenings and weekends. Overtime is common in order to meet deadlines. Extreme temperatures or inclement weather may cause delays and limit the number of hours of work.
About 1 in 3 carpenters were self-employed in 2014. Self-employed workers often work in residential construction and may be able to set their own schedule.